1All who are forced to serve as slaves should consider their masters worthy of full respect. Then people will not speak evil things against God’s name and against what we teach. 2Some slaves have masters who are believers. They shouldn’t show their masters disrespect just because they are also believers. Instead, they should serve them even better. That’s because their masters are loved by them as believers. These masters are committed to caring for their slaves.
People Who Teach Lies or Love Money
These are the things you are to teach. Try hard to get the believers to do them. 3Suppose someone teaches something different than I have taught. Suppose that person doesn’t agree with the true teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. Suppose they don’t agree with godly teaching. 4Then that person is proud and doesn’t understand anything. They like to argue more than they should. They can’t agree about what words mean. All of this results in wanting what others have. It causes fighting, harmful talk, and evil distrust. 5It stirs up trouble all the time among people whose minds are twisted by sin. The truth they once had has been taken away from them. They think they can get rich by being godly.
6You gain a lot when you live a godly life. But you must be happy with what you have. 7We didn’t bring anything into the world. We can’t take anything out of it. 8If we have food and clothing, we will be happy with that. 9People who want to get rich are tempted. They fall into a trap. They are tripped up by wanting many foolish and harmful things. Those who live like that are dragged down by what they do. They are destroyed and die. 10Love for money causes all kinds of evil. Some people want to get rich. They have wandered away from the faith. They have wounded themselves with many sorrows.
Paul Gives a Final Command to Timothy
11But you are a man of God. Run away from all these things. Try hard to do what is right and godly. Have faith, love and gentleness. Hold on to what you believe. 12Fight the good fight along with all other believers. Take hold of eternal life. You were chosen for it when you openly told others what you believe. Many witnesses heard you. 13God gives life to everything. Christ Jesus told the truth when he was a witness in front of Pontius Pilate. In the sight of God and Christ, I give you a command. 14Obey it until our Lord Jesus Christ appears. Obey it completely. Then no one can find fault with it or you. 15God will bring Jesus back at a time that pleases him. God is the blessed and only Ruler. He is the greatest King of all. He is the most powerful Lord of all. 16God is the only one who can’t die. He lives in light that no one can get close to. No one has seen him. No one can see him. Honor and power belong to him forever. Amen.
17Command people who are rich in this world not to be proud. Tell them not to put their hope in riches. Wealth is so uncertain. Command those who are rich to put their hope in God. He richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18Command the rich to do what is good. Tell them to be rich in doing good things. They must give freely. They must be willing to share. 19In this way, they will store up true riches for themselves. It will provide a firm basis for the next life. Then they will take hold of the life that really is life.
20Timothy, guard what God has trusted you with. Turn away from godless chatter. Stay away from opposing ideas that are falsely called knowledge. 21Some people believe them. By doing that they have turned away from the faith.
May God’s grace be with you all.
3如果有人傳的教義不符合我們主耶穌基督純正的道和敬虔的教導， 4他就是狂妄自大、一無所知。這種人專好問難，爭辯字句，結果引起嫉妒、紛爭、毀謗和猜忌， 5使那些思想敗壞、失去真理的人爭論不休，甚至把敬虔當作生財之道。 6其實敬虔和知足才是真正的財富， 7因為我們空手來到世上，也要空手離開。 8只要有吃有穿，就該知足。 9那些渴望發財的人卻陷入誘惑、網羅和許多愚蠢有害的慾望中，以致落入敗壞和滅亡中。 10貪財是萬惡之根，有人因為貪財就離棄了信仰，結果飽嚐種種錐心般的痛苦。
11但你這屬上帝的人要遠避這些事，要追求公義、敬虔、信心、愛心、忍耐和溫柔， 12要為真道打美好的仗，要持定永生。你是為永生蒙召的，並在許多見證人面前做過美好的見證。 13在賜萬物生命的上帝面前，也在向本丟·彼拉多做過美好見證的基督耶穌面前，我囑咐你： 14要遵守這命令，做純潔無瑕、無可指責的人，一直到我們的主耶穌基督再來。 15到了時候，配得稱頌、獨有權能的萬王之王、萬主之主要使基督顯現。 16上帝是獨一不朽的，住在人不能接近的光中，從來沒有人見過祂，也沒有人能夠看見祂。願尊貴和永遠的權柄都歸給祂。阿們！
17你要勸誡那些今世富足的人不要高傲，也不要冀望於靠不住的錢財，要信靠將萬物厚賜給我們享用的上帝。 18你要勸他們多多行善、慷慨施捨、樂意助人。 19這樣，他們可以為自己的將來奠定美好的基礎，以便持守真正的生命。