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Book 54 Chapter 6

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Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.

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And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

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If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

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He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof comes envy, strife, railings, evil questionings,

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Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw yourself.

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But godliness with contentment is great gain.

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For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

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And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

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But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

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For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

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Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, unto which you are also called, and have professed a good profession before many witnesses.

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I give you charge in the sight of God, who replenishes life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;

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That you keep this commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

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Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

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Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

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Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;

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That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

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Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

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O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

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Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.