1 Timothy 2:1

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I exhort therefore, that first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giuing of thanks be made for all men:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

First of all, then, I urge that entreaties {and} prayers, petitions {and} thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men;
- American Standard Version (1901)

My desire is, first of all, that you will make requests and prayers and give praise for all men;
- Basic English Bible

I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made for all men;
- Darby Bible

I exhort therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men;
- Webster's Bible

I exhort then, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men;
- Weymouth Bible

I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men:
- World English Bible

Therfor Y biseche first of alle thingis, that bisechingis, preieris, axyngis, doyngis of thankyngis, ben maad for alle men,
- Wycliffe Bible

I exhort, then, first of all, there be made supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, for all men:
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 2:1


2:1 I exhort therefore - Seeing God is so gracious. In this chapter he gives directions, With regard to public prayers With regard to doctrine. Supplication is here the imploring help in time of need: prayer is any kind of offering up our desires to God. But true prayer is the vehemency of holy zeal, the ardour of divine love, arising from a calm, undisturbed soul, moved upon by the Spirit of God. Intercession is prayer for others. We may likewise give thanks for all men, in the full sense of the word, for that God willeth all men to be saved, and Christ is the Mediator of all.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 2:1


1Ti 2:1 Directions Concerning Public Worship SUMMARY OF I TIMOTHY 2: Prayers for Rulers. The Will of God That All Should Be Saved. How Men Must Pray. Concerning the Dress of Women at Worship. Concerning Women Teaching. Therefore I exhort. This chapter contains some directions concerning public worship. First of all. Paul probably means that, first in order, prayers should be offered for all men, etc. So says Conybeare and Howson, and many others. Thus should the worship open. Supplication, prayers, intercessions. It is difficult to distinguish between these three words. Plumptree says, ``Perhaps the idea in "supplication" is that of want; in "prayers" that of solemn devotion; and in "intercessions" that of individual petitions to God.''

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2

  • Bruce
    Shamefacedness:Bible meaning.(Greek) the idea of downcast eyes;bashfulness, reverence.
  • A disciple
    Shamefacedness; (Greek - ai' dos); the negative particle [a] and "to see; (lit. or fig.) by impl. to know, be aware, behold, consider, have knowledge, look on, perceive. Thus; (through the idea of down cast eyes) bashfulness [toward men], and modesty or [toward God] awe. Reverence, shamefacedness. Quite a terrible thought (sarcasm) for a "Western" girl! But for a Christian woman, grace and virtue!
  • Irene123
    V. 9 - " ... with shamefacedness ... "; I looked up 'shamefacedness' in several online dictionaries. They all define it as - shame, embarrassment, etc. You'd have to go to the translation Paul took it from to see the true BIBLICAL meaning. It refers to a woman's non-made up face, washed clean. God lets you take His word as you want; that's part of His freewill to us. He's not a dictator.
  • Tashundra
    They didn't allow women to teach, because lack of education, and today that's not the case.
  • Wayne
    Mark, take a look at Romans 9. Vessels unto honor, dishonor.
  • Irene123
    To Sheila, 6 21 '15 - the donkey wasn't preaching from God's Word you're fighting against God. "No one but God will close my mouth" you're tempting God, be careful Sheila - please: you are loved ................

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