Questions tagged [1-timothy]

Questions about the first letter of Paul to Timothy. Instead of being addressed to a church, this letter was addressed to Timothy, a convert of Paul's and a pastor (hence, why it's one of the pastoral epistles).

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What are the “these things” referred to in 1 Timothy 4:15?

What are the "these things" referred to in 1 Timothy 4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. ? Is this the same word used in ...
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In 1 Timothy 6:16 in what way does Jesus “have immortality” (if indeed he is the referent)?

[1Ti 6:11-16 ESV] (11) But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. (12) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of ...
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In 1 Timothy 6:6-16 to what does Paul refer when he says “the good confession”?

Jesus spoke about the dangers of riches: [Mar 10:23 KJV] (23) And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! When ...
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In 2 Timothy 1:10 what does it mean that Christ “brought life and immortality to light”?

[2Ti 1:10 NASB] but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, [2Ti 1:10 MGNT] ...
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What is the difference between eternal life and immortality.?

John 17:3 (NASB) 3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." 1 Timothy 6:15-16 (NRSV) 15 "Which he will bring about at the right ...
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What does “justified in the Spirit” refer to in 1 Timothy 3:16?

What does justified in the Spirit refer to in 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, ...
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In 1 Timothy 4:3-5 is the reference to the LOGOU THEOU is he referring to the Torah?

1Ti 4:3-5 KJV - 3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4 For every creature of ...
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Was Paul saying that you should only be widowed once to qualify for church support in 1 Timothy 5:9?

1 Timothy 5;9 KJV 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man Is Paul saying that widows should be widowed once so as to qualify for ...
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Why should Timothy use wine?

In 1Timothy chapter 5 Verse 23 it is written: Μηκέτι ὑδροπότει ἀλλ᾽ οἴνῳ ὀλίγῳ χρῶ διὰ τὸν στόμαχον σου καὶ τὰς πυκνάς σοῦ ἀσθενείας Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake ...
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What is the extent of the silence commanded of women in 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12?

Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. 35And if they will learn any thing, let ...
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What is Paul forbidding in 1 Timothy 2:12?

What is the right understanding of 1 Timothy 2:12 based only on grammar. Should it be understood as "I don't let any woman teach other man (adult male gender) or to have power over man(adult male ...
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In 1 Timothy 2:4 does “all” refer to all men or to all “sorts” of men?

In Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, Baker books, in the literal translation section of 1 Timothy 2:4 is "who all [sorts] of men desires to be saved". I think that pantas here is being seen as ...
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In 1 Timothy 5:8 why is a man that cannot provide for his family “worse than an infidel”?

"But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel." 1 Timothy 5:8 KJV What is the connection between providing for ...
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What does Paul mean when he said, “she … is dead even while she is still alive” in 1 Timothy 5:6?

1 Timothy 5:6 But she who lives for pleasure is dead even while she is still alive.
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Charles Ellicott on 1 Timothy 6:10

In his commentary on 1 Timothy 6:10, Charles Ellicott wrote, For the love of money is the root of all evil.—Some would water down this strong expression by translating the Greek words by “a root of ...
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What does “oppositions of science falsely so called” mean?

1 Tim. 6:20(KJV) says, "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called". What does "Oppositions of ...
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In 1 Timothy 3:15 what is the function of a “στύλος καὶ ἑδραίωμα τῆς ἀληθείας”?

NIV 1 Timothy 3:15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. WH ...
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In 1 Timothy 3:6 is it a “new convert” or a “new arrival”? [duplicate]

NIV 1 Timothy 3: 1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-...
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What does “silly myths” mean in 1 Timothy 4:7?

1 Timothy 4:7 (ESV) Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness I mean how to differ between "this one is not silly myth" —versus— "that one is silly myth" ...
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Then who will save a woman those who are not bearing child?

God demands holiness, faith and love, and self-control from all mankind. I don't understand in what point Apostle Paul have said this Yet she will be saved through childbearing-if they continue in ...
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In 1 Timothy 3:9 what is the “mystery of the faith”?

KJV 1 Timothy 3:9  Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. By "the mystery of the faith" does Paul mean the gospel itself? Or some particular aspect of the gospel? Why does it refer to ...
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Is 1 Timothy 1:17 about God or about Jesus?

I am primarily interested in the phrase "the King eternal": New International Version 1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ...
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Is 1 Timothy 6:15-16 about God or about Jesus?

YLT 1Ti 6:13  I charge thee, before God, who is making all things alive, and of Christ Jesus, who did testify before Pontius Pilate the right profession,  1Ti 6:14  that thou keep the command ...
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In 1 Timothy 1:9 what does Paul mean that the law is not made for a righteous person?

1 Timothy 1:9 (NKJV) knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for ...
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What does “above reproach” mean?

1 Tim 3:2 and Titus 1:6-7 talk about an elder being "above reproach." How do you understand this phrase? The explanations I've heard are either impossible to attain (nearly perfect/sinless) or so ...
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Did Paul view a young widow's desire to remarry as an expression of wantonness against Christ? 1 Timothy 5:11

1 Timothy:5.11 (NKJV) But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry Does Paul view a young widow's desire for marriage as an ...
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What did Paul mean by “the mystery of piety” in 1 Timothy 3:16?

1 Timothy 3:16 (Berean Literal Bible) And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: Who was revealed in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among ...
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How can we understand the contradiction in Romans 5:12 & 1 Timothy 2:14?

(NIV) Romans 5:12 12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— (NIV) 1 Timothy 2:14 14 And ...
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Woman behavior according to 1 Timothy 2.9-15 - historical context

I am meditating in the pastoral letters of Paul, trying to understand deeply his advice. However due to my lack of historical context knowledge, I couldn't really understand what he really meant on 1 ...
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1 Timothy 4:1-3; Whose Fault Is It?

The KJV of 1 Timothy 4:1-3, as I read it, seems to indicate that some people will depart from the faith because they are the ones consulting evil spirits, believing doctrines of devils, and that they ...
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1 Timothy 1:15 Paul says he is “chief”

What is the meaning of "chief" in 1 Timothy 1:15? Different Bible translations change the meaning of the word that is translated as "chief" in the KJV. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of ...
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In what way is laying on of hands related to sharing in other peoples sins in 1 Timothy 5:22?

1 Timothy 5 NASB [22]Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. In what way is laying on of hands connected to ...
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To what does laying on of hands refer to in 1 Timothy 5:22?

1 Timothy 5 NASB [22]Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. Does this refer to laying on hands on the sick ...
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What does 1 Timothy 5:9 mean about not admitting widows under sixty years old? Was it to the church back then? And why?

In 1 Timothy 5:9 (KJV) it states: Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man." What does the age of a widow have to do with her desire ...
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Elders and children: 1 Timothy 3:4 vs Titus 1:6

In the two New Testament passages describing qualifications for πρεσβυτέρους (commonly 'elders'), each has a phrase relating to children: 1 Timothy 3:4 τέκνα ἔχοντα ἐν ὑποταγῇ Children - ...
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Do verbs in present active indicative always imply temporality?

12 And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. NKVJ, 1982 ΙΒʹ γυναικὶ δὲ διδάσκειν οὐκ ἐπιτρέπω οὐδὲ αὐθεντεῖν ἀνδρός ἀλλ᾽ εἶναι ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ TR, 1550 ...
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1 Timothy 2:15 - 'she' and 'they'

1 Timothy 2:12-15 (ESV) I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but ...
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How can we reconcile 1 Timothy 6 & Exodus 24? [duplicate]

1 Timothy 6 [16]who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. Exodus 24:10-11 [10]and they saw ...
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In 1 Timothy 6:16 why does Paul characterize Jesus as “Immortal”?

By definition "immortality" means one cannot die; immortal. However, 1 Timothy 6:16 (KJV) the greek word ἀθανασίαν is translated as "Immortal" Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which ...
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Does 1 Tim 5:17 indicate a real distinction between ruling vs teaching elders?

1 Tim 5:17 (ESV) Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 1 Tim 3:2 (ESV) Therefore an overseer must be above ...
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Saviour of all people, ESPECIALLY of those who believe

1 Timothy 4:10 reads: That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe. My question is, is ...
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Can a woman lead to pray for a man? [duplicate]

1 Timothy 2:12 (NIV) "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet." I want to know, can a woman lead to pray for a man? Thanks
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Hebrews 9:28 - is 'many' necessarily exclusionary?

A friend and I were having a discussion of the Calvanism vs. Arminianism variety. One of us cited 1 Timothy 2:4: This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all ...
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Was Paul not judgmental in 1 Timothy 18-20? (KJV)

(KJV)1 Timothy 1:12-13 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; [13] Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and ...
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Is “theos” of the Textus Receptus of 1 Timothy 3:16 the original reading?

The Greek text of 1 Tim. 3:16 according to the Textus Receptus of Robert Estienne reads: Notably, it begins with the word Θεὸς. The King James Version (1769) translates this into English as: And ...
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How should νεόφυτος be understood in 1 Timothy 3:6?

1 Tim 3:6  μὴ νεόφυτον ἵνα μὴ τυφωθεὶς εἰς κρίμα ἐμπέσῃ τοῦ διαβόλου (Textus Receptus) In the list of qualifications for an ἐπίσκοπος in 1 Timothy 3, one of the qualifications, which is unique to ...
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Is there a contradiction between 1 Timothy 5:20 & Galatians 2:2

Timothy 5:20 (NKJV) 20 Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear. Galatians 2:2 (NKJV) 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that ...
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In 1 Timothy 5:20, does «ἐνώπιον πάντων» modify «τοὺς ἁμαρτάνοντας» or «ἔλεγχε»?

The Greek text of 1 Tim. 5:20 according to the Textus Receptus states, Κʹ τοὺς ἁμαρτάνοντας ἐνώπιον πάντων ἔλεγχε ἵνα καὶ οἱ λοιποὶ φόβον ἔχωσιν TR, 1550 Does the phrase «ἐνώπιον πάντων» (“before ...
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Who are “all” in 1 Timothy 5:20?

1 Timothy 5:20 (ESV) reads "As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear." My readings leads me to believe that "all" represents an ...
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Why are kosmios and euschēmosynē both translated to “modesty” in the ESV?

Why are these two greek words both translated to modesty in the ESV and, to my knowledge, not translated this way in any other bible version? 1 Timothy 2:9 ESV likewise also that women should adorn ...