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

  • 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.
  • Dirk
    Women are not supposed to preach, and those who misread and disagree are doing so to change the bible to suit their needs, please dont do that here, thats why you have people saying its ok to be a gay Christian, they are changing the bible to suit their personal needs
  • Lilian
    Jesus always considered a woman to preach the good news . John 4.7 He even spoke the Samaritan woman on the will and ask a water to drink. Jesus told her He who drinks my living water will never be thirsty. Living water represents God's words that needs to be obeyed. Mary Magdalene was true apostle in Jesus she is a witness to his crucifixion and his resurrection. JESUS choose her to represent
  • Breeze
    A woman cannot pastor. One of the biblical requirements for a pastor is to "be the husband of one wife." Also, in 1 Tim. 2:12, a woman is not to be in authority over a man. In Ephesians 5, wives are asked to submit to their husbands. This does not mean that we are not equal to men, but our roles are different and we are created to fulfill different roles than men. Hope this helps.
  • Donnell Williams
    No.Please read 1Tim.3:1-13 and Titus2:1-8.
  • JP
    As far as the debate over women teaching and preaching, I think we can safely say that decision's been made. Read the next chapter versus 12, 13 and 14..

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