Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1Let those who are under the yoke of bondage hold their masters in all honor that the name of God and his teaching be not blasphemed. 2Let those who have believing masters not despise them, because they are their brothers, but let them rather serve them, because they are believers and beloved, by whom they are at peace in their service. Teach these things and implore them.
3But if there is a man who teaches another doctrine and does not attain to the sound words of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah and the teaching of the reverence of God, 4This one is lifted up as he knows nothing, but he is ineffective in disputes and debates of words, from which come envy, contention and blasphemy, and establishes evil thoughts, 5And the misery of the children of men who corrupt their minds and are cheated of the truth, and they think that making money is the worship of God; but stay away from these things,
6For our profit is great, which is the worship of God while having the necessities, for we have enough. 7For we have brought nothing into the universe, and we know that we can take nothing out of it; 8Because of this, food and clothing is enough for us. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptations and into traps, and into many foolish and harmful desires, and they sink the children of men into corruption and destruction. 10But the root of all these evils is the love of money, and there are some who have desired it and have erred from the faith and have brought themselves many miseries.
11But you, Oh man of God, escape from these things, and run after righteousness, after justice, after faith, after love, after patience and after humility. 12And fight in the good contest of faith and seize eternal life, to which things you are called, and you have professed a good profession before many witnesses. 13I testify to you before God, he who gives life to all, and Yeshua The Messiah, he who testified an excellent testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14That you keep the commandments without defilement and without blemish until the revelation of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, 15He who is going to reveal himself in his time, The Blessed God and Only Mighty One*, The King of Kings and the Lord of Power, 16He who alone is uncorrupted and dwelling in light that a human cannot approach and which none of the children of men has seen, nor can see, to whom be honor and authority to the eternity of eternities. Amen.
17I command the rich of this world that they not be lifted up in their minds and that they would not trust upon wealth because there is no certainty concerning it, but upon THE LIVING GOD, who gives richly to us all for our comfort, 18And that they should do good works, should be rich in good deeds, and should be ready to give and to share, 19And they shall lay up for themselves a good foundation for what is future, that they may seize upon true life.
20Oh, Timotheaus*, guard that which is committed to you and escape from empty echoes* and from the perversions of false knowledge. 21For those who profess it have themselves gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.