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

  • Pastor Jim Hamilton
    For i have had to pray and ask for wisdom regarding many scriptures and there true meanings ! The hardest parts wasn't getting the wisdom it was living in today's world accepting the truth. Since the 1800's we have allowed the truth to be twisted to fit our on purpose in life. Timothy didn't make any mistakes in his teaching , we need to accept the truth.
  • Cecilia Keen
    My thoughts on this scripture are that God has always been and has always been a Spirit. His Spirit, the Holy Ghost, moved on Mary and she became with child. This fleshly body was Gods plan to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins, for He dwelt in that body. Jesus was both God and man. He was the perfect, sinless sacrifice. The man Christ Jesus is our mediator. In the Old Testament God was known by different names. In the New Testament He became known as Jesus, our Saviour.
  • Danny
    Peace, Shalom, every ones comments are biblical so there is truth in every one of them. One truth that stands out is the book of John . In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Our lord and savior is like you said our mediator,our Lord, King of Kings and Lord of Lords . Praise God that he would send us such a gift as Almighty,,King Jesus. Praise God and all the wonderful things he does for the children of men. Peace and good will. Shalom
  • Yvonne
    Jesus told us to become like a baby, because they don't need hairsplitting theories of verses or subjects! They just want to understand the basic rule "Love" If we could just love our neighbour as ourself , The Lord and ourself we can come a long way , there wouldn't be discussions about hairsplitting subjects!! O boy, we just have to wait when we are united in heaven with Jesus to understand how simple it is, but we have made it sooooo complex.......LOVE!! because God is Love and we still don't understand it!! Look around in the world what we have done in the name of God, but which god they use to do their horrible acts? Jesus still wants to intermeddle , but we push Him aside and want to do it our way, .... look at the results!!
  • Dee
    1 Corinthians 11:3-15,
  • Deborah
    When Paul said I do not allow a women to teach nor usurp authority over the man , he is not talking about teaching pertaining to ministry in the church, because of Acts 2:17-18 . This is one of the most miss interpreted scriptures in the bible , Eve lead Adam into sin , Adam gave his authority to his wife , Paul is saying don't allow your wife to lead you or teach you husband against God's will.

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