1 Timothy 6:11-21 (New International Version)

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Paul's Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God,1 flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness,2 faith, love,3 endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight4 of the faith. Take hold of5 the eternal life6 to which you were called when you made your good confession7 in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate8 made the good confession,9 I charge you10 14 to keep this command without spot or blame11 until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,12 15 which God will bring about in his own time13--God, the blessed14 and only Ruler,15 the King of kings and Lord of lords,16 16 who alone is immortal17 and who lives in unapproachable light,18 whom no one has seen or can see.19 To him be honor and might forever. Amen.20 17 Command those who are rich21 in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,22 which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God,23 who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.24 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds,25 and to be generous and willing to share.26 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves27 as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of28 the life that is truly life. 20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted29 to your care. Turn away from godless chatter30 and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith.31 Grace be with you.32
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