1 Timothy 6:2-12 (New American Standard)

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2 Those who have believers as their masters must not be disrespectful to them because they are 1brethren, but must serve them all the more, because those who apartake of the benefit are believers and beloved. 2Teach and bpreach these principles. 3 If anyone 3advocates a different doctrine and does not cagree with 4sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine 5conforming to godliness, 4 he is 6conceited and understands nothing; but he dhas a morbid interest in 7controversial questions and 8disputes about words, out of which arise envy, strife, abusive language, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction between 9men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who 10suppose that egodliness is a means of gain. 6 11But godliness actually is a means of 12great gain when accompanied by 13contentment. 7 For 14we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we 15have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 16But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and 17a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For 18the love of money is a root of all fsorts of evil, and some by longing for it have 19wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But 20flee from these things, you 21man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, 22faith, 23love, gperseverance and gentleness. 12 24Fight the good fight of 25faith; 26take hold of the eternal life 27to which you were called, and you made the good 28confession in the presence of 29many witnesses.
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