1 Timothy 3:16

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And without controuersie, great is the mysterie of godlinesse: God was manifest in the flesh, iustified in the Spirit, seene of Angels, preached vnto the Gentiles, beleeued on in the world, receiued vp into glory.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And without argument, great is the secret of religion: He who was seen in the flesh, who was given God's approval in the spirit, was seen by the angels, of whom the good news was given among the nations, in whom the world had faith, who was taken up in glory.
- Basic English Bible

And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in [the] Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among [the] nations, has been believed on in [the] world, has been received up in glory.
- Darby Bible

And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
- Webster's Bible

And, beyond controversy, great is the mystery of our religion-- that Christ appeared in human form, and His claims justified by the Spirit, was seen by angels and proclaimed among Gentile nations, was believed on in the world, and received up again into glory.
- Weymouth Bible

Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.
- World English Bible

And opynli it is a greet sacrament of pitee, that thing that was schewid in fleisch, it is iustified in spirit, it apperid to aungels, it is prechid to hethene men, it is bileuyd in the world, it is takun vp in glorie.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:16


3:16 The mystery of godliness - Afterwards specified in six articles, which sum up the whole economy of Christ upon earth. Is the pillar and ground - The foundation and support of all the truth taught in his church. God was manifest in the flesh - In the form of a servant, the fashion of a man, for three and thirty years. Justified by the Spirit - Publicly declared to be the Son of God, by his resurrection from the dead. Seen - Chiefly after his resurrection. By angels - Both good and bad. Preached among the gentiles - This elegantly follows. The angels were the least, the gentiles the farthest, removed from him; and the foundation both of this preaching and of their faith was laid before his assumption. Was believed on in the world - Opposed to heaven, into which he was taken up. The first point is, He was manifested in the flesh; the last, He was taken up into glory.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:16


1Ti 3:16 Without controversy. Undoubtedly. Great is the mystery of godliness. The mystery that God has revealed to us in the gospel in order to make men godly. The great things revealed in this mystery are next named, certainly wonderful things, well called "great". Six elements enter into this mystery of godliness, elements all of which were fully revealed in the gospel. The mystery is not something incomprehensible, but the hidden wisdom of God revealed in the gospel; a sense similar to that in which mystery is always used in the Scriptures. Compare Mt 13:11 Re 1:20 17:5,7. God was manifest in the flesh. Was manifested in Jesus Christ. Justified in the Spirit. When, after his condemnation to death, the power of God raised him from the dead. Seen of angels. The angels were at the open tomb and told the women of his resurrection. Preached unto the Gentiles. A wonderful fact in the mind of a Jew like Paul, who had been trained to believe that the Gentiles were accursed. Received up into glory. At the Ascension.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3

  • Jess (female)
    I welcome all comments, I belong to a missionary Baptist church, we recently been in conflict because of someone being ordained as a preacher, which went totally against what it says in Acts 6:3, Women ask the questions, he was set aside for 30 days didn't preach. He is talking about ordaining 2 women who he says preaches better than him, This is causing confusion in the church, please help
  • HARSTIN EZE
    The Bible standard is the same everywhere, for whosoever, no matter the position and title, and it is unequivocally clear in scriptures that in heaven there is no title nor is there anything like bishop, priest because it is the same (common)salvation: repentance from sin and faith towards God that allow one to get into that Holy city, New Jerusalem.
  • Bj
    After studying 1 Timothy 3. I am still left without a conclusion about whether a man who is divorced and remarries should be elected a deacon in a Baptist church





  • Adelaja
    Is it a sin to marry more than one wife?.Because what I could understand with chapter is that, there are people with more than one wife in the early church .that is why he say all these words about deacon and pastor's.
  • Lopez garvin
    There is no other apostle that can write so eloquently about this subject like the apostle paul. Paul clearly states the qualifications for any church leader. Contrary to many beliefs about bishop the term basically means overseer in the greek.
  • Jackie
    Catholic priests and bishops do not marry. In Orthodox Christianity for most part one cannot be a priest, unless one is married. On the other hand, their bishops do not marry. Where can one learn more on the issue of priests bishops being married or not, when was it in place, when did it cease to be in place, and all? I mean hear in the original Christian religion, namely Orthodox Christianity and its offshoot, Catholicism.

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