But godliness actually
is a means of great gain when
accompanied by contentment.
For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it, either.
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge people into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and
Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and for which
you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
I direct you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate,
that you keep the commandment without fault or
reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
which He will bring about at the
proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To Him be
honor and eternal dominion! Amen.