1 Timothy 6:6
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New International Version
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

New Living Translation
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.

English Standard Version
But godliness with contentment is great gain,

Berean Study Bible
Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain.

Berean Literal Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

New American Standard Bible
But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.

King James Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Christian Standard Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Contemporary English Version
And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have.

Good News Translation
Well, religion does make us very rich, if we are satisfied with what we have.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But godliness with contentment is a great gain.

International Standard Version
Of course, godliness with contentment does bring a great profit.

NET Bible
Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit.

New Heart English Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For our profit is great, which is the worship of God while having the necessities, for we have enough.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A godly life brings huge profits to people who are content with what they have.

New American Standard 1977
But godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But piety with contentment is great gain.

King James 2000 Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

American King James Version
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

American Standard Version
But godliness with contentment is great gain:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Darby Bible Translation
But piety with contentment is great gain.

English Revised Version
But godliness with contentment is great gain:

Webster's Bible Translation
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Weymouth New Testament
And godliness *is* gain, when associated with contentment;

World English Bible
But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Young's Literal Translation
but it is great gain -- the piety with contentment;
Study Bible
Contentment in Godliness
5and constant friction between men of depraved mind who are devoid of the truth. These men regard godliness as a means of gain. 6Of course, godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and neither can we carry anything out of it.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:16
Better a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure with turmoil.

Proverbs 28:25
A greedy man stirs up strife, but he who trusts in the LORD will prosper.

Jeremiah 35:9
Nor have we built houses to live in or had vineyards, fields, or crops.

Luke 12:15
And He said to them, "Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."

Philippians 4:11
I am not saying this out of need, for I have learned to be content regardless of my circumstances.

1 Timothy 4:8
For physical exercise is of limited value, but godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for the present life and for the one to come.

Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, for God has said: "Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you."

Treasury of Scripture

But godliness with contentment is great gain.

godliness. See on ch.

1 Timothy 4:8 For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to …

Psalm 37:16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.

Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and …

Proverbs 3:13-18 Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding…

Proverbs 8:18-21 Riches and honor are with me; yes, durable riches and righteousness…

Proverbs 15:16 Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and …

Proverbs 16:8 Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues without right.

Matthew 6:32,33 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly …

Luke 12:31,32 But rather seek you the kingdom of God; and all these things shall …

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love …

2 Corinthians 4:17,18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

2 Corinthians 5:1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, …

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with …


1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

Exodus 2:21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah …

Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall …

Philippians 4:11-13 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatever …

(6) But godliness with contentment is great gain.--Here the Apostle changes the subject of his letter somewhat abruptly. The monstrous thought that these wordly men dare to trade upon his dear Master's religion, dare to make out of his holy doctrine a gain--the hateful word suggests to him another danger, to which many in a congregation drawn from the population of a wealthy commercial city like Ephesus were hourly exposed. This is an admirable instance of the sudden change we often notice in the subject matter in the midst of St. Paul's Epistles, of what has been aptly termed "going off at a word." The reasoning in the writer's mind was, probably--"these false men suppose godliness will be turned into gain." Yes, though they were terribly mistaken, still there is a sense in which their miserable notion is true. True godliness is ever accompanied with perfect contentment. In this sense, godliness does bring along with it great gain to its possessor. "The heart," says Wiesinger, "amid every outward want, is then only truly rich when it not only wants nothing which it has not, but has that which raises it above what it has not."

Verse 6. - Godliness, etc. The apostle lakes up the sentiment which he had just condemned, and shows that in another sense it is most true. The godly man is rich indeed. For he wants nothing in this world but what God has given him, and has acquired riches which, unlike the riches of this world, he can take away with him (comp. Luke 12:33). The enumeration of his acquired treasures follows, after a parenthetical depreciation of those of the covetous man, in ver. 11. The thought, as so often in St. Paul, is a little intricate, and its flow checked by parenthetical side-thoughts. But it seems to be as follows: "But godliness is, in one sense, a source of great gain, and moreover brings contentment with it - contentment, I say, for since we brought nothing into the world, and can carry nothing out, we have good reason to be content with the necessaries of life, food and raiment. Indeed, those who strive for more, and pant after wealth, bring nothing but trouble upon themselves. For the love of money is the root of all evil, etc. Thou, therefore, O man of God, instead of reaching after worldly riches, procure the true wealth, and become rich in righteousness, godliness, faith," etc. (ver. 11). The phrase, Αστι δὲ πορισμὸς μέγας ἡ εὐσεβεία μετὰ αὐταρκείας, should be construed by making the μετα couple πορισμός with αὐταρκείας, so as to express that "godliness" is both "gain" and "contentment" - not as if αὐταρκεία qualified εὐσεβεία - that would have been expressed by the collocation, ἡ μετὰ αὐταρκείας εὐσεβεία. Contentment (αὐταρκεία). The word occurs elsewhere in the New Testament only in 2 Corinthians 9:8, where it is rendered, both in the R.V. and the A.V., "sufficiency." The adjective αὐτάρκης, found in Philippians 4:11 (and common in classical Greek), is rendered "content." It means "sufficient in or of itself" - needing no external aid - and is applied to persons, countries, cities, moral qualities, etc. The substantive αὐταρκεία is the condition of the person, or thing, which is αὐτάρκης. But godliness with contentment is great gain. By "godliness" is not meant any particular grace, but all the graces of the Spirit of God; as faith, hope, love, fear, &c. the whole of internal religion, as it shows itself in outward worship, and in all acts of holiness of life and conversation; and which the doctrine that is according to godliness teaches and engages to; and this is gain, very great gain indeed. A man possessed of true godliness is a gaining, thriving, man: such as are godly, or truly gracious, they are come into good and happy circumstances, and are possessor of the true, solid, satisfying, durable, and unsearchable riches of grace; all their debts are paid, they are richly clothed, and deliciously fed, and are in a good family, even the household of God, who before were in debt, arrayed in rags, were in a starving condition, and strangers and foreigners; yea, they are heirs of God, joint heirs with Christ, and have both a right and a meetness for the heavenly inheritance; they are now made kings and priests to God, and, in the present state of things, have God to be their portion, and exceeding great reward; they have an interest in Christ, and in all spiritual blessings in him, and have the Spirit as the earnest of their future inheritance; they are rich in faith, and in good works; their souls, which were lost, are gained, and shall be saved with an everlasting salvation; and ere long they will be possessed of all the riches of glory, signified by a house not made with hands, a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God, an incorruptible inheritance, and a kingdom and glory: how great is the gain of godliness! And what adds to this gain, and now goes along with it, is "contentment"; for this is not to be considered as the condition of godliness being great gain, as if it was not so without it; but as the effect of godliness, what that produces, and as a part of its gain. The word here used signifies "sufficiency"; and so it is rendered in the Vulgate Latin version: it designs a competency of the good things of this life; and what that is, is expressed in 1 Timothy 6:8 and such God gives to them that fear him, his godly ones, who shall lack no good thing convenient for them; for godliness has the promise of this life, as well as of that which is to come; and God does give to such all things pertaining to life and godliness, even all things richly to enjoy. The word indeed properly signifies "self-sufficiency", which in its strict sense, only belongs to God, who is "El-Shaddai", God all-sufficient and self-sufficient; but here it intends such a sufficiency as a man himself judges to be so; for this phrase does not so much design the thing itself, which is a sufficiency, as the opinion, the sense which the godly man has of it, who himself judges it, as Jacob did, to be enough; and such a man is content with what he has, and thankful for it, submits quietly to the will of God, and patiently bears every adverse providence: and this is now the fruit and effect of godliness, or true grace, and is a considerable part of that gain which godliness brings with it; and such a man is a happy man indeed, let his circumstances be what they will. The Jews have a saying (n), that

"he is a rich man whose spirit rests in, or is contented with his riches;''

that is, as the gloss explains it.

"who rejoices in his portion, be it little or much: thus, though godliness is not gain, nor gain godliness, in the sense of the false teachers, yet is it true gain in a spiritual sense.''

(n) T. Bab. Sabbat, fol. 25. 2.6. But—Though they err in this, there is a sense in which "piety is" not merely gain, but "great means of gain": not the gaining which they pursue, and which makes men to be discontented with their present possessions, and to use religion as "a cloak of covetousness" (1Th 2:5) and means of earthly gain, but the present and eternal gain which piety, whose accompaniment is contentment, secures to the soul. Wiesinger remarks that Paul observed in Timothy a tendency to indolence and shrinking from the conflict, whence he felt (1Ti 6:11) that Timothy needed cautioning against such temptation; compare also the second Epistle. Not merely contentment is great gain (a sentiment of the heathen Cicero [Paradox 6], "the greatest and surest riches"), but "piety with contentment"; for piety not only feels no need of what it has not, but also has that which exalts it above what it has not [Wiesinger]. The Greek for contentment is translated "sufficiency" (2Co 9:8). But the adjective (Php 4:11) "content"; literally, "having a sufficiency in one's self" independent of others. "The Lord always supplies His people with what is necessary for them. True happiness lies in piety, but this sufficiency [supplied by God, with which moreover His people are content] is thrown into the scale as a kind of overweight" [Calvin] (1Ki 17:1-16; Ps 37:19; Isa 33:6, 16; Jer 37:21).6:6-10 Those that make a trade of Christianity to serve their turn for this world, will be disappointed; but those who mind it as their calling, will find it has the promise of the life that now is, as well as of that which is to come. He that is godly, is sure to be happy in another world; and if contented with his condition in this world, he has enough; and all truly godly people are content. When brought into the greatest straits, we cannot be poorer than when we came into this world; a shroud, a coffin, and a grave, are all that the richest man in the world can have from all his wealth. If nature should be content with a little, grace should be content with less. The necessaries of life bound a true Christian's desires, and with these he will endeavour to be content. We see here the evil of covetousness. It is not said, they that are rich, but they will be rich; who place their happiness in wealth, and are eager and determined in the pursuit. Those that are such, give to Satan the opportunity of tempting them, leading them to use dishonest means, and other bad practices, to add to their gains. Also, leading into so many employments, and such a hurry of business, as leave no time or inclination for spiritual religion; leading to connexions that draw into sin and folly. What sins will not men be drawn into by the love of money! People may have money, and yet not love it; but if they love it, this will push them on to all evil. Every sort of wickedness and vice, in one way or another, grows from the love of money. We cannot look around without perceiving many proofs of this, especially in a day of outward prosperity, great expenses, and loose profession.
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