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

  • BSP
    Verse 9 encourages women to dress in a modest and respectable manner.
  • Scelonkomo
    In those days I will pour out my spirit even on servants - men and women alike. Joel 2 v 29
  • June Newsome
    I am reading, listening, and observing. The women in ministry who are in authority what is your word to the public on this chapters meaning. Totally confused when in no doubt we were all given the rules to the ten commandments which tells us what not do as well as to do. Never saw that women could not be in authority to the word.
  • Mercy kilach
    Peter relation to today's world is true....and so men and women are ongoin with the practices in different churches that are against God and for them to saved thdy must repent their wicked ways Amen.
  • Marie
    I believe there is an order of things, not to discredit anyone, but Jesus would want each of us to be faithful and obedient to the Word of God. I believe all things are possible in God who strengthens us
  • Roddy
    98%of the time when the bible references men, it is generally understood to mean mankind. Meaning men and women. Different versions state...and give gifts to people. (instead of men) to include women. mankind. it is good to read different versions of the same scriptures for more clarity. Message should be same...words easier to understand.

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