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

  • Ahuwa Chiamaka Jessica
    We should always show love to people without partiality
  • Wayne tucker
    Joshua, be not drunk with wine, where in is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselfselves psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Pastor Joel
    This is very good insporational message that can transform the church of GOD if adhered to. It is my prayer that GOD will help His church to be alive to our responsibility
  • 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.
  • 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.

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