1 Timothy 5:23

“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Drinke no longer water, but vse a little wine for thy stomackes sake, and thine often infirmities.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

No longer drink water {exclusively,} but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Be no longer a drinker of water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not take only water as your drink, but take a little wine for the good of your stomach, and because you are frequently ill.
- Basic English Bible

Drink no longer only water, but use a little wine on account of thy stomach and thy frequent illnesses.
- Darby Bible

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake, and thy frequent infirmities.
- Webster's Bible

(No longer be a water-drinker; but take a little wine for the sake of your digestion and your frequent ailments.)
- Weymouth Bible

Be no longer a drinker of water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
- World English Bible

Nyle thou yit drinke watir, but vse a litil wyn, for thi stomac, and `for thin ofte fallynge infirmytees.
- Wycliffe Bible

no longer be drinking water, but a little wine be using, because of thy stomach and of thine often infirmities;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:23

1Ti 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake. I suppose the thought of Timothy's trials called to mind a sense of his physical condition. Hence, he gives a medical prescription. The water of that region is not good. The writer well remembers a fearfully sick day that he passed at Ephesus in 1889, due to the water. Paul, hence, advises that instead, he try the light wines, with only the smallest percentage of alcohol. And thine often infirmities. The prescription is not of a beverage, but of a remedy for an invalid.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5

  • Doris Jones for verse 8
    God said what he meant and meant what he said. So the man is the head of the home, he is the provider all needed be it physical, FOOD spiritual prayer and devotions or financhial medical health, roof over their head, place to sleep . That does not mean that we as wives are not to stand by their side and help, because God said we became one. Don't just read the Holy Bible, study it. I am not perfect, but pray to God for more understanding every day.
  • Anonymous for verse 8
    So, I was trying to figure out this verse as a family member that had to help me and my family out once told me this verse and said I was not going to heaven because I couldn't take care of my own family. I wished people would realize that money is NOT the root of the word of God. It is spiritual! So many pastors and deceivers are telling everyone about churchianity and prosperity when Jesus didn't talk about money but teaching of your own household about him and spirituality. God said he would provide your needs not your wants. This verse was written when people didn't have money so he wasn't talking about money. He talked about provision for spirituality and taking care of the sick, orphans and widows of your own household and others that wasn't able to take care of themselves. Read the life of Jesus as he didn't have a place to rest his head so why should we be better than our king. Why should we all dwell on money and thinking the bible is talking about financial stuff all the time when it is actually spiritual! He said himself, not to store up treasures here on earth where rust can consume it and where thieves can take it but store up treasures in heaven where no man can touch it. If this verse was correct in the instance of providing financially, we would all be going to hell as in today's society financial times are very difficult and eventually will be unbearable.
  • Wine does not mean juice. It means fermented juice. With alcohol in it. So the Bible commands you to drink. Deal with it.
  • Kristyn Evans I know that it has been some time since you posted, but I will post anyway just in case it helps someone else too. The Bible is clear the Christian wife is not to depart from her husband. The Christian husband is not to put away his wife 1 Corinthians 7:10,11 . Please continue reading in this chapter. It states that the only time a Christian is "free" is if the "unbeliever" departs or in the case of adultery although, I am not sure if the Christian wife is free in this case adultery , since Romans seems to state that she is bound as long as her husband lives. Also, in other scriptures, it says that if the husband divorces his wife except for adultery he causes her to commit adultery if she marries again and he commits adultery if he marries someone else. Your husband is reacting properly. If he is a good man, please consider being obedient to scripture and reconciling to him, if he is a good and safe husband. Take care.
  • Aljetta Broughton
    The members are to provide for their Pastor what is needed to pay their bills. Men are to provide for their families as head of household.
  • gods word is, marriage is sacred ...and not taken lightly if you and your spouse..are not sure of the interpretation of this scriture...go speak to your pastor for a better understanding, be sure to pray about it .. My interpretation is the husband is head of the house,therefore ...should provide for his family in every way.

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