“This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;”
King James Version (KJV)
1:18 This charge I commit to thee - That thou mayest deliver it to the church. According to the prophecies concerning thee - Uttered when thou wast received as an evangelist, #1Tim 4:14|; probably by many persons, #1Tim 6:12|; that, being encouraged by them, thou mightest war the good warfare.
1Ti 1:18 This charge I commit to thee, son Timothy. The charge referred to in 1Ti 1:3,5. According to the prophecies which went before on thee. Timothy was selected for the ministry by divine direction. One so chosen was chosen according to prophecy, the ordinary meaning being simply a declaration of the divine will. See PNT "1Co 12:28". That thou by them mayest war a good warefare. For this purpose the prophetic will chose him.