1 Timothy 1:4

“Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Neither giue heed to fables, and endlesse genealogies, which minister questions, rather then edifying which is in faith: so doe.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than {furthering} the administration of God which is by faith.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

neither to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questionings, rather than a dispensation of God which is in faith; `so do I now'.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Or to give attention to stories and long lists of generations, from which come questionings and doubts, in place of God's ordered way of life which is in faith;
- Basic English Bible

nor to turn their minds to fables and interminable genealogies, which bring questionings rather than [further] God's dispensation, which [is] in faith.
- Darby Bible

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith; so do.
- Webster's Bible

and the attention they bestow on mere fables and endless pedigrees, such as lead to controversy rather than to a true stewardship for God, which only exists where there is faith. And I make the same request now.
- Weymouth Bible

neither to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which cause disputes, rather than God's stewardship, which is in faith--
- World English Bible

nether yyue tent to fablis and genologies that ben vncerteyn, whiche yyuen questiouns, more than edificacioun of God, that is in the feith.
- Wycliffe Bible

nor to give heed to fables and endless genealogies, that cause questions rather than the building up of God that is in faith: --
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 1:4


1:4 Neither give heed - So as either to teach or regard them. To fables - Fabulous Jewish traditions. And endless genealogies - Nor those delivered in scripture, but the long intricate pedigrees whereby they strove to prove their descent from such or such a person. Which afford questions - Which lead only to useless and endless controversies.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 1:4


1Ti 1:4 Neither give heed to fables. The fables are called "Jewish" in Tit 1:14. It is likely such fables as those of the Talmud are meant, legends which have been added to the history of the Old Testament, additions to the Scriptures. Though the Talmud was committed to writing a little later, it aimed to collect the legends and traditions which had been long in existence. Endless genealogies. Philo, a learned Alexandrian Jew who wrote a little before Paul's time, built up a whole system on genealogies. The names in the genealogies with him represented the various conditions of the soul. Some have supposed that Paul refers to some foolish fancies of the Gnostics, but those were of later date. Which minister questions. Raise discussions.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 1

  • Ev C Chishanga
    Paul is explaining how the law was brought about in the lives of israelites.it was there to retain and keep the close to God as they were corrupt generation . but before them there was no law and people of that time knew wat was wrong and right as they were descendants of adam and eve who ate the fuit of knowledge. therefore even we do know whats right and wrong ,lets do the right not bcoz by law
  • Ray321
    Galatians 2:7-8 7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter 8 For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: Paul had a mission from Jesus himself to reach out to Gentiles and Peter to reach out to Jews.
  • Evangelist Andrew Kelly
    Paul is telling us who he was and not who he is after he got saved.

    1st Timothy 1:[12] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
    [13] Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.
  • Ray321
    1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope. How important is Paul to us in the Bible? The scriptures will tell us how important Paul is to the Gentiles. Paul is our Apostle for today.
  • Wayne
    Gal. 3:28, in Christ, there is neither male nor female, for we are all one in Christ.
  • Ray321
    Lucy gottlib, very well spoken. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17. We are all on this site for a reason, we all love the Lord . We are seeking for answers or just want to express ourselves to others in what we have learned, that is good. We must keep searching God until that day comes. We can only hope that people will find God. God bless you. ....

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