silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, stubble;
and so honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. And thus have ye made void the commandment of God by your tradition.
And from among yourselves shall men arise, speaking perverse things to draw away disciples after them.
Now I exhort you, brethren, to mark those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned:
For we are not like many who adulterate the word of God: but as with sincerity, but as from God, and in the sight of God, we speak concerning Christ.
but have rejected shameful disguises, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth, recommending ourselves to every man's conscience, in the sight of God.
Take heed least any one make a prey of you by philosophy and vain deceit, according to the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ:
Let no one deprive you of your reward by an affected humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into what he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his carnal mind;
Now the Spirit expressly saith, that in latter times some shall apostatize from the faith, attending to seducing spirits,
If thou lay these things before the brethren, thou wilt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, as one brought up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, to which thou hast attained.
These things teach and exhort. If any one teach otherwise, and adhere not to the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the doctrine which is according to godliness;
But avoid prophane empty harangues; for they will proceed to more impiety,
In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honor, some for meaner uses.
and led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
But wicked men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
For the time will come, when they will not bear sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers after their own hearts:
holding fast the faithful word, according as he hath been taught, that he may be able both to instruct in sound doctrine, and to convince gainsayers.
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and strifes and contentions about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain:
be not then carried about by various and strange doctrines; for it is good that the heart be established by grace, and not in meats, in which those that have been most exact, have not profited by them.
That the proof of your faith, which is much more precious than of gold, (that perisheth, though tried by fire) may be found unto praise, and honor, and glory, when Jesus Christ shall be revealed:
But I have a few things against thee; for thou hast there those that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit fornication.
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayst be rich; and white raiment that thou mayst be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear: and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, that thou mayst see.