All slaves should show full respect for their masters so they will not bring shame on the name of God and his teaching.
If the masters are believers, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. Those slaves should work all the harder because
their efforts are helping other believers who are well loved.
False Teaching and True Riches
Teach these things, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the
wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. Anyone who teaches something different
is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs
up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. These people always cause trouble. Their minds are
corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the
world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them
into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have
wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.