1 Timothy 2:12

“But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to vsurpe authoritie ouer the man, but to be in silence.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.
- Basic English Bible

but I do not suffer a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over man, but to be in quietness;
- Darby Bible

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
- Webster's Bible

I do not permit a woman to teach, nor have authority over a man, but she must remain silent.
- Weymouth Bible

But I don't permit a woman to teach, nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in quietness.
- World English Bible

But Y suffre not a womman to teche, nether to haue lordschip on the hosebonde, but to be in silence.
- Wycliffe Bible

and a woman I do not suffer to teach, nor to rule a husband, but to be in quietness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 2:12


2:12 To usurp authority over the man - By public teaching.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 2:12


1Ti 2:12 I suffer not a woman to teach. "I permit not" (Revised Version). To become an authorized teacher off the church, a work confined to presbyters. Nor to usurp authority over a man. Authoritative teaching and ruling were united.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2

  • Brianna
    Vs. 3-4

    Today we are seeing mankind being divided by every possible means. Racism, though always there, is boldly showing itself to all. To fight against it , we must view people as Jehovah God does. He desires all men and women to come to the accurate knowledge of the scriptures, so that we all can be saved. Serving him faithfully and correctly is all that matters.
  • Regina
    you have to go to the next verse. Paul was writing a letter to the church in response to what had been told to him. People want to stop with verse 35 but you have to read verse 36. Paul was amazed that they thought this. 1 Corinthians 14 36 What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only?
  • Afekhai
    There is no limitations to where one can pray. Glory to God
  • Irene123
    AMEN Ken Morton; Thank-you for that!!!
  • Monday omorodion
    I thank God for the privilege given to me to study this book of 1Thimothy 2 ,it really change my ways of life ,one ,the spirit of given and it make me to know how to pray ,not just for myself alone but also for others may his name be praise ,Amen
  • BSP
    Verse 9 encourages women to dress in a modest and respectable manner.

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