1 Timothy 5:8

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But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition

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Other Translations of 1 Timothy 5:8

But if any prouide not for his owne, & specially for those of his owne house, hee hath denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one does not provide for his own, and specially for those of [his] house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than the unbeliever.
- Darby Bible

But if any provideth not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
- Webster's Bible

But if a man makes no provision for those dependent on him, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is behaving worse than an unbeliever.
- Weymouth Bible

But if anyone doesn't provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
- World English Bible

For if ony man hath not cure of his owne, and most of hise household men, he hath denyed the feith, and is worse than an vnfeithful man.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any one for his own -- and especially for those of the household -- doth not provide, the faith he hath denied, and than an unbeliever he is worse.
- Youngs Literal Bible


Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:8

5:8 If any provide not - Food and raiment. For his own - Mother and grandmother, being desolate widows. He hath - Virtually. Denied the faith - Which does not destroy, but perfect, natural duties. What has this to do with heaping up money for our children, for which it is often so impertinently alleged? But all men have their reasons for laying up money. One will go to hell for fear of want; another acts like a heathen, lest he should be worse than an infidel.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:8

1Ti 5:8 If any provideth not for his own. The support of his relatives and servants is referred to. Children and grandchildren must support their aged parents. Any one who does not provide for his own family, whether it be wife and children, or aged parents, has practically denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever, for even unbelievers do these things.


Comments for 1 Timothy 5:8

Sara's comment on 2015-08-27 17:18:52:

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.


Sandy's comment on 2015-06-25 18:46:19:

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.


Curtis Durham's comment on 2015-06-21 08:17:26:

when a man feels he have no self worth it takes away his ability to see plainly, but if he has a women that will not beat him up and belittle him but instead she will build him up he can make it out of that position. Be patient and know that God is working it out no matter how ugly it gets.


Timothy's comment on 2015-04-27 08:03:44:

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.


David Petrush's comment on 2015-04-02 14:52:28:

Reply to Kristyn Evans: Kristyn, I don 't know if what i am writing here is still relevant to your situation, for the fact that your comment was written in 2013 and now it is 2015. But still I will write. Remember what THE LORD says concerning marriage, "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore GOD has joined together, let no man split apart. " So you and your husband are now one single flesh. Let us compare that to a single unmarried person. An unmarried person is one flesh with themselves, therefore if they have a problem they cannot simply divorce it, but they must work it out, sacrifice, and and do whatever good thing needs to be done to fix it in their single body. Therefore compared to a married couple, their singular emotions and perspectives, and thoughts are no longer preserved to their singular mind and heart only, but also to their spouse 's for they are now one flesh . Then the same as the single unmarried person worked out the problem in their single body, the married must in one body and mind, through GOD, work out whatever problem they are having. Not cast it aside in divorcement, save for the cause of fornication.


Sunshine's comment on 2015-02-03 10:03:25:

I think if a man don 't provide for his family it represents who he is if he eat,sleep,and,enjoy life so should his family he has chosen


Antonio's comment on 2015-01-26 14:32:18:

this verse means you help your household first wife kids yourself before you can help relatives.uncle auntie mom dad bro sister.your marriage is first,god then wife husband and yourself and kid


Willie J.'s comment on 2014-10-13 06:07:14:

Many unbelievers provides for their family too.So to say that only we believers provides for our family. And it is not just in the Christian community.


Carolyn Youngs's comment on 2014-03-28 16:23:21:

This scripter, is addressed to the head of the home, during that time women were considered property, therefore any man that don 't feed, provide shelter for his family, especially those able to work and want are acting in Rebellion! But God knows what you cannot by Mal 3 7 pay your tithesand trust the Lord, he will bless your 90 percent!


Joseph Siame's comment on 2014-01-09 03:28:53:

Providing for ones relatives is a natural command for a believer as we see in genesis 30:30 Jacob asking Laban to allow him to go and provide for his own relatives. We also see in Isaiah 58:7 God describes the kind of sacrifices that pleases Him among them the caring of ones own blood. It is therefore a paramount responsibility for a christian who is full of love to provide for the lacking relatives. We would also extend the relationship to the fellow believers for we share the same faith and belong to the same house hold of believers through the blood of Jesus Christ.


Jonathan's comment on 2014-01-04 13:53:22:

I have recently decided I would rely on scripture for my guidance 100%, but now I am in a pickle: I lost my job 1 month ago, (the day I cried to God to free me from the slavery I felt I was in). I supported coca-cola, which I believe destroys other peoples' abilities to provide for their families in other countries (they pollute the air and water wherever they go!). From my current skill-set, it seems impossible to find a job (that pays enough to support my family) AND doesn't support "the beast" you probably know most jobs have hidden the impact they have on the poor, marginalized, people of other countries, environment, etc... the employee doesn't realize how much damage they are another Earth-destroying job? or do like the Gospels say and "not worry for my life, what I should eat and wear..."...and potentially see my family torn apart...


Ogechi Nwosu's comment on 2013-08-18 06:45:28:

Christianity does not take away our sense of responsibility.


Alicha Peter's comment on 2013-08-18 02:34:57:

I love the book of 1Timothy 5:8.i have read over and over again. I pray God should grant some of us the wisdom to understand what He spoke through paul. many persons misunderstand this verse. your house hold is comprises of your immediate family and those distance family too. To some their family is wife and children but is not true. I thank God personally for the grace is given me to understand his word. provide for your family and the extended family and you see God doing the unbelieveable!


Carolyn's comment on 2013-07-25 03:10:02:

Marriage is an oath made before God to another, for BETTER or WORSE until death do part. Kristy I commend you on staying focused on God and His word for true guidance on God's perfect plan for a man and a woman. God is not the author of divorces. God has spoken! Are we listening?
God bless you, your marriage and children.
If anyone loosed his life for my sake will save it. Luke 17:33
Hang in there for Christ sake! You will be blessed! We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Cor. 5:7. Finally, God hates divorce. Malachi 2:16. If God hate it...we too ought to hate it.
The peace of God that all understanding be with you


Yvette's comment on 2013-05-01 19:50:24:

Kristyn God will provide for you and the children. Your husband will eventually come around. Don't give up keep the faith and God will work on your husband.


Donna's comment on 2013-04-21 21:09:25:

Does 1 Tim. 5:8
mean charity starts at home?


Kristyn Evans's comment on 2013-03-27 21:30:44:

I think this verse says a lot. I am a woman and have been separated from my husband for the past two years. Out of guilt of leaving him, I have not filed for child support nor have I ever got a divorce yet. He acts as if as long as we are away and he still gets to see us then it is ok. However, if I speak of divorcing him he flips out and becomes vindictive. I am unsure about whether God would put us together (when we were both saved at the time) and now want us to divorce? I am scared of doing the wrong thing and have prayed fervently for a long time and am still "wishy washy" about what to do. He still does not provide, so it is comforting to look to Godís word for guidance as well!!!


Angelique's comment on 2012-07-11 10:05:43:

Provision is three-fold. Physical, spiritual, and emotional provision is necessary for truly caring for your family. What good is feeding and clothing the body without feeding he soul or spirit?


Anonymous's comment on 2011-01-02 02:30:56:

This treatment concerns widows, not family members.


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