Let all who are under the yoke of slavery regard their masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be blasphemed.
Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful to them on the ground that they are members of the church; a rather they must serve them all the more, since those who benefit by their service are believers and beloved. b Teach and urge these duties.
Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness,
is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions,
and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. c6
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;
for we brought nothing into the world, so that d we can take nothing out of it;
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