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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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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.


Jim's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 8/10/2014, 9:42pm...

this is a command not a bone so don 't spit it out to obey is better than sacrifice I would rather do what it says and be wrong than do what I thought and be wrong galations 5 1 stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ has made us free and be not entangeled again with the yoke of bondage


Patricia Chinyoka's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 8/04/2014, 6:03am...

I think that God has a role for all of us to play, men and women, maybe different roles. But I can 't comment any further as this is just my opinion. As we can see in the bible, women did have roles to play and as such can have similar roles within today 's church. If in doubt, pray and ask and God does answer prayer.


Marie's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 7/29/2014, 2:24pm...

when the bible speaks on who can preach back in those days women were to ask their husbands at home what they wanted to know to keep down confusion in the church but women are ministers and preachers as well. a lot of times we misinterpret the bible for our own benefit sometimes and sometimes just not knowing but we all get revelation from god but we have to make sure that it I from god. this is just my opinion


Marc singleton's 1 Timothy Chapter 2 comment on 7/25/2014, 8:35am...

Why can 't we as dedicated Christians just follow the word of GOD it 's plane and simple.Without adding our own opinions because their is always going to be a way that seems right to a man opinion , but GOD says that it could to his own destruction. I am interested in checking Micheal Griffith 's comment on this subject, but GOD,s word will never change.


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Test Your Knowledge of 1 Timothy Chapter 2

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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