1Ti 6:1
6:1 Let {1} as many servants as are under the yoke count their
    own masters worthy of all honour, {2} that the name of God
    and [his] doctrine be not blasphemed.

 (1) He adds also rules for the servant's duty towards their
     masters: upon which matter there were no doubt many
     questions asked by those who took occasion by the Gospel to
     trouble the normal manner of life.  And this is the first
     rule: let servants that have come to the faith and have the
     unfaithful for their masters, serve them nonetheless with
     great faithfulness.
 (2) The reason: lest God should seem by the doctrine of the
     Gospel to stir up men to rebellion and all wickedness.

1Ti 6:2
6:2 {3} And they that have believing masters, let them not
    despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do
    [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, {a}
    partakers of the benefit. {4} These things teach and exhort.

 (3) The second rule: let not servants that have 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 with regard to those things
         which pertain to everlasting life, they are partakers
         of the same good will and love of God, as their masters
         themselves are.
 (4) A general conclusion, that these things ought not only to
     be simply taught, but must with exhortations be diligently
     learned by them.

1Ti 6:3
6:3 {5} If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome
    words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the
    doctrine which is according to godliness;

 (5) He severely condemns and excommunicates or casts out of the
     Church as proud men, those who do not content 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 do
     not content themselves in Christ's doctrine.  He condemns
     them as lying deceivers, because they savour or sound of
     nothing but vanity: as mad men, because they trouble
     themselves so much in matters of nothing: as evil
     plagues, because they cause great contentions, and corrupt
     men's minds and judgment.  To be short, he condemns them as
     profane and wicked, because they abuse the precious name of
     godliness and religion, for the sake of wicked gain.

1Ti 6:4
6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and
    {b} strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings,
    evil surmisings,

    (b) Strivings about words, and not about matter: and by
        words he means all those things which do not have
        substance in them, and by which we can reap no profit.

1Ti 6:5
6:5 Perverse {c} disputings of men of corrupt minds, and
    destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness:
    from such withdraw thyself.

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

1Ti 6:6
6:6 {6} But godliness with contentment is great gain.

 (6) He properly dismisses the name of gain and lucre,
     confessing that godliness is great gain, but in a far
     different manner, that is, because it brings true

1Ti 6:7
6:7 {7} For we brought nothing into [this] world, [and it is]
    certain we can carry nothing out.

 (7) He mocks the folly of those who do so greedily hunger after
     frail things, who can in no way be satisfied, and
     yet nonetheless cannot enjoy their excess.

1Ti 6:9
6:9 {8} 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.

 (8) He puts fear into Timothy to avoid covetousness using a
     different reasoning, that is, because it draws with it an
     infinite sort of lusts and those very hurtful, with which
     covetous men do torment themselves to the degree that in
     the end, they cast away from them their faith and

1Ti 6:10
6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
     some coveted after, they have 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

1Ti 6:11
6:11 {9} But thou, O {e} man of God, flee these things; and
     follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love,
     patience, meekness.

 (9) A peculiar exhortation to various virtues, with which it
     appropriate for the pastors especially to be furnished.
     (e) Whom the Spirit of God rules.

1Ti 6:13
6:13 {10} 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;

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

1Ti 6:15
6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, [who is] the {f} blessed
     and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

     (f) He combines many words together for one purpose: by
         which he confirms the power of God, which if we trust
         steadfastly in, we will not be moved out of our

1Ti 6:17
6:17 {11} Charge them that are rich in {g} this world, that they
     be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in
     the {h} living God, who giveth us richly all things to

 (11) He adds as an overabundance as it were a sharp admonition
      to the rich, that they mainly take heed of two evils,
      that is, of pride, and deceitful hope, against which he
      sets three excellent virtues, hope in the living God,
      liberality towards their neighbour, and gentle conditions.
      (g) In things pertaining to this life, with whom those men
          are compared who are rich in good works.
      (h) Who alone is, and that everlasting: for he sets the
          frail nature of riches against God.

1Ti 6:19
6:19 {12} Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation
     against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal

 (12) The praise of liberality, by the effects of it, because it
      is a sure testimony of the Spirit of God who dwells in
      us, and therefore of the salvation that will be given to

1Ti 6:20
6:20 {13} O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
     avoiding profane [and] vain babblings, and oppositions of
     science falsely so called:

 (13) He repeats the most important of all the former
      exhortations, which ought to be deeply imprinted in the
      minds of all ministers of the word, that is, that they
      avoid all vain babblings of false wisdom, and continue in
      the simplicity of sincere doctrine.

1Ti 6:21
6:21 Which some {i} professing have erred concerning the faith.
     Grace [be] with thee. Amen. <<[The first to Timothy was
     written from Laodicea, which is the chiefest city of
     Phrygia Pacatiana.]>>

     (i) Not only in word, but also in appearance and gesture:
         to be short, while their behaviour was such that even
         when they held their peace they would make men believe,
         their heads were occupied about nothing but high and
         lofty matters, and therefore they erred concerning the