A. 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ,
B. and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
C. 4 He is proud, knowing nothing,
D. but doting about questions and strifes of words,
E. whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
D’. 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds,
C’. and destitute of the truth,
B’. supposing that gain is godliness:
A’. from such withdraw thyself.
A. Concerning riches
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
B. The commission to Timothy
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
B’. the example of Christ
13 I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, 16 dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
A’. Concerning riches
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded nor trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
3 thoughts on “1 Timothy 6:3-19”
I noticed that 5C of the 1 Tim 6:3-19 chiasma also seems to be a chiasma by itself: ‘who is the blessed and only Potentate’ contrasts and compares ‘Who only hath immortality,’ and ‘the King of kings,’ is another way of saying ‘and Lord of lords’. The last two being very basic chiasmus by themselves.
A 11 But *flee from these things*,
B’ you *man of God*,
C and *pursue* righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance [and] gentleness.
D 12 Fight the good fight of faith;
C’ *take hold of* the eternal life to which you were called,
B’ and *you made the good confession*
A’ *in the presence of many witnesses*.
The example of Christ, vs 13-16
A 13 I charge you *in the presence of God*,
B who *gives life* to all things,
C and of *Christ Jesus*,
D *who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate*,
E 14 *that you keep* the commandment without stain or reproach
F until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
E’ 15 which *He will bring* about at the proper time—
D’ He who is *the blessed and only Sovereign*,
C’ the *King of kings and Lord of lords*,
B’ 16 who alone possesses *immortality* and dwells in unapproachable light,
A’ *whom no man has seen or can see*.