3Ifanyone1advocates a differentdoctrine and does not aagree with 2soundwords, those of our LordJesusChrist, and with the doctrine3conforming to godliness,
he is 4conceited and understandsnothing; but he bhas a morbidinterest in 5controversialquestions and 6disputesaboutwords, out of whichariseenvy, strife, abusivelanguage, evilsuspicions,
and constantfriction between 7men of depravedmind and deprived of the truth, who 8suppose that cgodliness is a means of gain.
69But godliness actually is a means of 10greatgain when accompanied by 11contentment.
For 12we have broughtnothing into the world, so we cannottakeanything out of it either.
If we 13havefood and covering, with these we shall be content.
914But those who want to getrichfall into temptation and 15a snare and manyfoolish and harmfuldesireswhichplungemen into ruin and destruction.
For 16the love of money is a root of alldsorts of evil, and some by longing for it have 17wanderedaway from the faith and piercedthemselves with manygriefs.
But 18flee from thesethings, you 19man of God, and pursuerighteousness, godliness, 20faith, 21love, eperseverance and gentleness.
1222Fight the goodfight of 23faith; 24takehold of the eternallife25to which you were called, and you made the good26confession in the presence of 27manywitnesses.
1328I charge you in the presence of God, who fgiveslife to allthings, and of 29ChristJesus, who testified the 30goodconfession31beforePontiusPilate,
that you keep the commandmentwithoutstain or reproachuntil the 32appearing of our LordJesusChrist,
15which He will gbring about at 33the propertime -He who is 34the blessed and 35onlySovereign, 36the King of hkings and 37Lord of ilords,
1638who alonepossessesimmortality and 39dwells in unapproachablelight, 40whomnoman has seenorcansee. 41To Him be honor and eternaldominion! Amen.
17Instructthose who are rich in 42thispresentworld43not to be conceitedor to 44fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, 45who richlysupplies us with allthings to enjoy.
Instruct them to dogood, to be rich in 46goodjworks, 47to be generous and ready to share,
1948storing up for themselves the treasure of a goodfoundation for the future, so that they may 49takehold of that which is lifeindeed.