False Teachers and True Contentment
And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things.
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to b wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, c and to the doctrine which accords with godliness,
he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions,
useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From d such withdraw yourself.
Now godliness with e contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is f certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and clothing, with these we shall be g content.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
2 Timothy 1:13
Hold fast the pattern of sound words which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness.
2 Timothy 3:5
Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you.
And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD.
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him.
As he came from his mother's womb, naked shall he return, To go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor Which he may carry away in his hand.
Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches - Feed me with the food allotted to me.
Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.