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
  • 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
  • Wine does not mean juice. It means fermented juice. With alcohol in it. So the Bible commands you to drink. Deal with it.
  • 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.
  • I guess the question now becomes was Paul talking about fermented or unfermented wine?, there is a difference you know, and yet they are both called wine..REMEMBER Paul did not say alcohol but wine

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