1 Timothy 1:8

“But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But we know that the Law is good, if a man vse it lawfully.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
- American Standard Version (1901)

We are conscious that the law is good, if a man makes a right use of it,
- Basic English Bible

Now we know that the law [is] good if any one uses it lawfully,
- Darby Bible

But we know that the law is good, if a man useth it lawfully;
- Webster's Bible

Now we know that the Law is good, if a man uses it in the way it should be used,
- Weymouth Bible

But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,
- World English Bible

And we witen that the lawe is good, if ony man vse it lawefulli;
- Wycliffe Bible

and we have known that the law [is] good, if any one may use it lawfully;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 1:8

1:8 We grant the whole Mosaic law is good, answers excellent purposes, if a man use it in a proper manner. Even the ceremonial is good, as it points to Christ; and the moral law is holy, just, and good, on its own nature; and of admirable use both to convince unbelievers, and to guide believers in all holiness.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 1:8

1Ti 1:8 The law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully. Its object was not, however, to teach fables, and genealogies, and foolish fancies. The men he opposes asserted that the law was good, but made a wrong use of it.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 1

  • Irene123
    To AIM - Jer. 35:19; Eze. 22:30; God is not unreasonable; we can reason with him. Deborah was chosen because there was no man to stand in the gap, but God's preference was for a man. Deborah was a PROPHETESS, like Anna of Luke. In Judges 4:6 Deborah rebukes Barak, the armies leader for not doing God's will. So God told her to go with him - if that was the only way He could get His will done.
  • Irene123
    To Breeze - THANK-YOU so much for pointing out the scripture on pastors, bishops are to have one wife. I've known women weren't to usurp authority, but hadn't noticed this scripture. It makes it so OBVIOUS!!
    Pastors, etc. ".....are to have one WIFE;" not pastors, etc. are to have one HUSBAND. I can't thank you enough for knowing who Jesus is.
  • Mark verrell
    these words are astounding MIRACULOUS INSPIRING HOPE FILLED (when one reads of the reactions of some in society who offer nothing other than worse retribution and punishment to the everyday occurrences of crimes described in these passages 1 Timothy 8-11 IT IS AWESOME THE HOPE IN THESE SCRIPTURES
  • Jtg
    I have woman in my church who peach and teach ,to said this all my church is woman ,two men . I think we have to use what GOD give us
  • Silvia
    There is no doubt that the womens role as a Christian is different to the mens. There are many references to confirm this in the Bible. Surely Eve was made different to Adam for a reason surely if the roles where the same we would look and be the same? Why is this so diffucult to understand for some women?
  • Aim
    God using a woman does not mean she usurps authority over a man. God does have an order and provides a covering for the woman. Deborah was judge over the "sons of Israel." Does not a judge have authority? Does not a judge have authority to render sentencing and did not those who hear go into battle at the word given through Deborah by God? Don't presume to counsel God.

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