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1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.


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Matthew Henry's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 Bible commentary...

Prayer to be made for all persons, since the grace of the gospel makes no difference of ranks or stations. (1-7) How men and women ought to behave, both in their religious and common life. (8-15)1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.

8-15 Under the gospel, prayer is not to be confined to any one particular house of prayer, but men must pray every where. We must pray in our closets, pray in our families, pray at our meals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemn assemblies, whether more public or private. We must pray in charity; without wrath, or malice, or anger at any person. We must pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing. Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Good works are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, of great price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted in garments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if the professors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity in dress. They should spend more time and money in relieving the sick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and their children. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank in life, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These are not trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments for professors of godliness, are good works. According to St. Paul, women are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; for teaching is an office of authority. But good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of true religion. Also, women must not think themselves excused from learning what is necessary to salvation, though they must not usurp authority. As woman was last in the creation, which is one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression. But there is a word of comfort; that those who continue in sobriety, shall be saved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing, by the Messiah, who was born of a woman. And the especial sorrow to which the female sex is subject, should cause men to exercise their authority with much gentleness, tenderness, and affection.


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Wanda's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 9/14/2014, 8:11am...

In 2nd Timothy 1 5 Paul gives credit to Timothy 's grandmother Lois and mother Eunice who were both leaders in their home churches since there were no church buildings at the time for his enduring faith. He also salutes several other women leaders as deaconess. At the time he wrote this the sex goddess Diana was the main idol to worship and women were bringing this into the churches at Ephesus where he was living at the time. Read the letter to Ephesus in Revelation chapter 2. In Act 2 11 it says he will pour out his spirit on his handmaidens and they shall prophesy.


Linda's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 9/06/2014, 10:50pm...

Christians, if you 're against gay marriage, why aren 't you also against women preaching?..Stop cherry picking.. it clearly says a woman is not to teach or preach in church.. "Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man rather, she is to remain quiet "! Last I looked quiet means quiet..and No teaching means No teaching!


Stan's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 9/05/2014, 9:41am...

St Paul was the first messenger to the Gentiles so what he had planted should also be reaped in this end time because he had not sown confussion.We are at the end of gentile dispensation and we should harvest what he planted.If we go back to old testament where did GOD ever dealt with women priests or messengers?Yes she can have a gift of prophecy to edify the church but she cant be a messenger or lead an assembly because GOD is not author of confusion.So people don 't try to reason with the word of GOD and St Paul is clearly giving an example that Adam was formed first and was not deceived.Who are you to empower women when GOD said she shall be subject unto her husband?


Jennifer's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 14 on 9/04/2014, 11:15pm...

I think this verse explains everything that went wrong thanks to the feminist movement.


Jack nelson's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 8/30/2014, 9:10am...

I too have struggled with the meaning here, ive always thought it meant women were not to hold positions of authority over men in a church bc they were the weaker vessels concerning temptations to sin, eg back in eden , but ive learned alot from women teachers, and id be affraid to speak ill of God 's annointed ones. If God can loose a donkeys tongue to speak, why is it hard to think a woman couldnt be used to speak, as long as we all agree that Jesus is the way, and Him crucified, raised again, then we should all just agree to disagree where difficult to understand doctrines are concerned. United we stand, devided we fall, a house devided against itself cannot stand, but if we stand together, our house will not be devided, may God bless all of u, my brothers and sisters in Christ, and may peace be with u all in Jesus name


Franklin's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 8/19/2014, 3:49pm...

I believe this scripture is referring to women teaching preaching in worship and running the business of the Church. Any person including women that knows how to rightly divide the word of God can teach you something about the bible.


Jackie's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 8/18/2014, 2:37am...

It 's interesting reading so many strong feelings on this subject. Some are ready to send others to the Lake of Fire for their opinion it seems. My question I think is simple. Has God put His presence on any of these women who are preaching, praying, and developing ministries that save live and souls. If He is then the verses meaning may need some reconsideration. If God is doing nothing through these women then its common literal translation should stand.


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1.  What should Christians do for those in government authority?

Write letters of encouragement
Pray for them
Vote them out if unrighteous
Demand they govern according to Scripture
Talk about them to other believers


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