1 Timothy 6:6
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.

1 Timothy 4:8
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

Psalm 37:16
A little that a righteous man hath 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 glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

contentment.

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 his daughter.

Luke 3:14
And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.







Lexicon
Of course,
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

godliness
εὐσέβεια (eusebeia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2150: Piety (towards God), godliness, devotion, godliness. From eusebes; piety; specially, the gospel scheme.

with
μετὰ (meta)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 3326: (a) gen: with, in company with, (b) acc: (1) behind, beyond, after, of place, (2) after, of time, with nouns, neut. of adjectives.

contentment
αὐταρκείας (autarkeias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 841: Self-sufficiency, independence, contentment. From autarkes; self-satisfaction, i.e. contentedness, or a competence.

is
Ἔστιν (Estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

great
μέγας (megas)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3173: Large, great, in the widest sense.

gain.
πορισμὸς (porismos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 4200: A source of gain, livelihood. From a derivative of poros; furnishing, i.e. money-getting.
(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. 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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