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

  • Brianna
    Vs. 1-2

    A functioning congregation is like a family. The young ones can look to the older ones as mother, fathers, perhaps even grandparents. In many churches there is a perversion, viewing each other as sex objects. We need to view each other with purity. Any romantic feelings that may exist in the congregation should be between two mature Christians with pure intentions.
  • Irene123
    To Joshua for v. 23 - you are committing the sin of Rev. 22:18-19. The Bible does NOT sanction drunkenness. There are some people who cannot even tolerate their 1st alcoholic drink. Your statement can cause some to take on problems they weren't aware of. "Set a watch before my mouth and a door on my lips."
    That's in Pro. somewhere.
  • I think it has to do with both choosing people for godly positions and also for the transference of unclean spirits. You can truly suffer the consequences of laying hands on the poor for instance if you do not have sufficient anointing to overcome a very vicious poverty demon operating in someone who has been homeless for decades. I am talking about a practical example hear because I minister to a lot of homeless and after a while my finances were all shot up, till I had someone else cast out the poverty spirit from me.
  • Tim
    Timothy, praying for you now brother.
  • John
    Dear Timothy. I am truly sorry to hear about your misfortune. I pray that you are able to gather yourself together and stay strong in faith to our Lord Christ. May God bless you!
  • Timothy for verse 8
    I am almost homeless have a family and feel I will end up in hell because I cannot provide for my family.i also have a great amount of debt to,leave my wife.I wish I could die.

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