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1 Timothy 6


 1 Let (1) as many (*) servants as are under the yoke, count their masters worthy of all honor, (2) that the Name of God, and his doctrine be not evil spoken of.


(1) He addeth also rules for the servant's duty towards their masters; whereupon no doubt there were many questions then moved by them which took occasion by the Gospel to trouble the common state. And this is the first rule: Let servants that have come to the faith, and have infidels to their masters, serve them notwithstanding with great fidelity.

(*) Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22; 1 Peter 2:18 .
(2) The reason: lest God should seem by the Doctrine of the Gospel to stir up men to rebellion and all wickedness.


 2  (3) And they which have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren, but rather do service, because they are faithful, and beloved, and (a) partakers of the (*) benefit. (4) These things teach and exhort.


(3) The second rule: Let not servants that are come to the faith, and have also masters of the same profession and religion, abuse the name of brotherhood, but let them so much the rather obey them.
(a) Let this be sufficient, that as touching those things which pertain to everlasting life, they are partakers of the same good will and love of God, as their masters themselves are.

(*) That is, of the grace of God, as their servants are, and having the same adoption.
(4) A general conclusion, that these things ought not only to be simply taught, but must with exhortations be diligently beaten into their heads.


 3  (5) If any man teach otherwise, and consenteth not to the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness,


(5) He condemneth severely, and excommunicateth or casts out of the Church as proud men, such as content not themselves with Christ's doctrine, (that is to say, the doctrine of godliness) but weary both themselves and others in vain questions, (for all other things are vain) because they content not themselves in Christ's doctrine; and as lying deceivers, because they savor or sound of nothing but vanity; as mad men, because they trouble themselves so much in matters of nothing; as mischievous plagues, for that they cause great contentions, and corrupt men's minds and judgment. To be short, as profane and wicked, because they abuse the precious name of godliness and religion to filthy lucre.


 4 He is puffed up and knoweth nothing, but doteth about (*) questions and (b) strife of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,


(*) 1 Timothy 1:4 .

(b) Strivings about words, and not about matter; and by words he meaneth all those things which have no pith in them, and whereby we can reap no profit.


 5 Vain (c) disputations of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, which think that gain is godliness; from such separate thyself.


(c) Such as we see in those shameless schools of Popery, which are nothing else but vain babbling and prattling.


 6  (6) (*) But godliness is great gain, if a man be content with that he hath.


(6) He turneth away fitly the name of gain and lucre, confessing that godliness is great gain, but far after another sort, to wit, because it bringeth true sufficiency.

(*) They that measure religion by riches, are here taught, that only religion is the true riches.


 7  (7) (*) For we brought nothing into the world, and it is certain, that we can carry nothing out.


(7) He mocketh their folly, which do so greedily gape after frail things, that they can in no wise be satisfied, and yet notwithstanding they cannot enjoy that excess.

(*) Job 1:21; Proverbs 27:26; Ecclesiastes 5:14 .


 8 Therefore when we have food and raiment, let us therewith be content.


 9  (8) For they that will be (*) rich, fall into temptation and snares, and into many foolish and noisome lusts, which drown men in perdition and destruction.


(8) He frayeth Timothy from covetousness after another sort, to wit, because it draweth with it an infinite sort of lusts, and those very hurtful, wherewith covetous men do torment themselves so far forth, that in the end they cast away from them their faith and salvation.

(*) That set their felicity in riches.


 10 For the desire of money is the root of all evil, which while some lusted after, they erred from the faith, and (d) (*) pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


(d) Sorrow and grief do as it were pierce through the mind of man, and are the harvest and true fruits of covetousness.

(*) For they are never quiet neither in soul nor body.


 11  (9) But thou, O (e) man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.


(9) A peculiar exhortation to divers virtues, wherewith it behooveth the Pastors especially to be furnished.
(e) Whom the Spirit of God ruleth.


 12 Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold of eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.


 13  (*) (10) I charge thee in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Jesus Christ, which under Pontius Pilate (♣) witnessed a good confession,


(*) 1 Timothy 5:21 .

(10) A most earnest request and charge, to observe and keep all the premises faithfully, with our eyes set upon the coming of Jesus Christ, whose glory we have to set against the vain glittering of this world, and his power, against all the terrors of the wicked.

(♣) Matthew 27:11; John 18:37 .


 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, and unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,


 15 Which in due time he shall shew, that is (f) (*) blessed and Prince only, (♣) the King of kings and Lord of lords,


(f) He heapeth many words together, to one purpose; whereby he voucheth the power of God, which if we stick fast unto, we shall not be moved out of our standings.

(*) 1 Timothy 1:11; Revelation 17:14; Revelation 19:16 .

(♣) By this mighty power of God the faithful are admonished boldly to stand in their vocation although the world, Satan and hell rage against them.


 16 Who only hath immortality, and dwelleth in the light that none can attain unto, (*) whom never man saw, neither can see, unto whom be honor and power everlasting, Amen.


(*) John 1:18 .


 17  (11) Charge them that are rich in (g) this world, that they be not highminded, and that they (*) trust not in uncertain riches, but in the (h) living God, (which giveth us abundantly all things to enjoy.)


(11) He addeth for an overplus as it were a sharp admonition to the rich, that they chiefly take heed of two mischiefs, to wit, of pride, and deceitful hope, against which he setteth three excellent virtues, hope in the living God, liberality towards their neighbor, and gentle conditions.
(g) In things pertaining to this life, with whom those men are compared which are rich in good works.

(*) Mark 4:19; Luke 12:15 .
(h) Who only alone is, and that everlasting; for he setteth the frail nature of riches against God.


 18 That they do good, and be rich in good works, and ready to distribute, and communicate,


 19  (*) (12) Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may obtain eternal life.


(*) Matthew 6:20 .

(12) The praise of liberality by the effects thereof, because it is a sure testimony of the Spirit of God which dwelleth in us, and therefore of the salvation that shall be given us.


 20  (13) O Timothy, keep (♣) that which is committed unto thee, and (*) avoid profane and vain babblings, and (♠) oppositions of science falsely so called,


(13) He rehearseth the chiefest of all the former exhortations, which ought to be deeply imprinted in the minds of all ministers of the word, to wits, that they eschew all vain babblings of sophistry and continue in the simplicity of sincere doctrine.

(♣) The gifts of God for the utility of the Church.

(*) 1 Timothy 1:4; 1 Timothy 4:7 .

(♠) As when question engendereth question.


 21 Which while some (i) profess, they have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee, Amen.


(i) Not only in word, but also in countenance and gesture; to be short, whiles their behavior was such that even when they held their peace, they would make men believe their heads were occupied about nothing but high and weighty matters, even then they erred concerning the faith.



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