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1 Timotius 6:1-10


6:1 Those who are under the yoke as slaves 1  must regard their own masters as deserving of full respect. This will prevent 2  the name of God and Christian teaching 3  from being discredited. 4  6:2 But those who have believing masters must not show them less respect 5  because they are brothers. Instead they are to serve all the more, because those who benefit from their service are believers and dearly loved. 6 

Summary of Timothy’s Duties

Teach them and exhort them about these things. 7  6:3 If someone spreads false teachings 8  and does not agree with sound words (that is, those of our Lord Jesus Christ) and with the teaching that accords with godliness, 6:4 he is conceited and understands nothing, but has an unhealthy interest in controversies and verbal disputes. This gives rise to envy, dissension, slanders, evil suspicions, 6:5 and constant bickering by people corrupted in their minds and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness 9  is a way of making a profit. 6:6 Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit. 6:7 For we have brought nothing into this world and so 10  we cannot take a single thing out either. 6:8 But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that. 11  6:9 Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 6:10 For the love of money is the root 12  of all evils. 13  Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.

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[6:1]  1 tn Traditionally, “servants.” Though δοῦλος (doulos) is normally translated “servant,” the word does not bear the connotation of a free individual serving another. BDAG notes that “‘servant’ for ‘slave’ is largely confined to Biblical transl. and early American times…in normal usage at the present time the two words are carefully distinguished” (BDAG 260 s.v.). The most accurate translation is “bondservant” (sometimes found in the ASV for δοῦλος), in that it often indicates one who sells himself into slavery to another. But as this is archaic, few today understand its force.

[6:1]  2 tn Grk “that the name…may not be slandered” (a continuation of the preceding sentence).

[6:1]  3 tn Grk “the teaching.”

[6:1]  4 tn Or “slandered.”

[6:2]  5 tn Or “think the less of them”; Grk “despise them,” “look down on them.”

[6:2]  6 tn Or “those who devote themselves to service are faithful and dearly loved” (referring to slaves who serve them).

[6:2]  7 tn Grk “these things teach and exhort.”

[6:3]  8 tn Grk “teaches other doctrines,” (different from apostolic teaching, cf. 1 Tim 1:3).

[6:5]  9 tc Although most witnesses, including some early versions and fathers (D2 Ψ Ï sy Cyp Lcf Ambst), have ἀφίστασο ἀπὸ τῶν τοιούτων (afistaso apotwn toioutwn, “stay away from such things!”) after εὐσεβείαν (eusebeian, “godliness”; thus, “who suppose that godliness is a way of making a profit; stay away from such things!”), there seems to be little good reason for this clause’s omission in some of the oldest and best witnesses (א A D* F G 048 6 33 81 1175 1739 1881 lat co). It is likely that it crept into the text early, perhaps as a marginal comment, but it should not be considered authentic in light of the strong external evidence against it.

[6:7]  10 tc The Greek conjunction ὅτι usually means “because,” but here it takes the sense “so that” (see BDAG 732 s.v. 5.c). This unusual sense led to textual variation as scribes attempted to correct what appeared to be an error: D* and a few versional witnesses read ἀληθές ὅτι (“it is true that”), and א2 D2 Ψ Ï read δῆλον ὅτι (“it is clear that”). Thus the simple conjunction is preferred on internal as well as external grounds, supported by א* A F G 33 81 1739 1881 pc.

[6:8]  11 tn Grk “with these.”

[6:10]  12 tn This could be taken to mean “a root,” but the phrase “of all evils” clearly makes it definite. This seems to be not entirely true to life (some evils are unrelated to love of money), but it should be read as a case of hyperbole (exaggeration to make a point more strongly).

[6:10]  13 tn Many translations render this “of all kinds of evil,” especially to allow for the translation “a root” along with it. But there is no parallel for taking a construction like this to mean “all kinds of” or “every kind of.” The normal sense is “all evils.”

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