1 Timothy 2:12

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Timothy 2:12

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to vsurpe authoritie ouer the man, but to be in silence.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But I do not allow a woman to teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.
- American Standard Version (1901)

In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.
- Basic English Bible

but I do not suffer a woman to teach nor to exercise authority over man, but to be in quietness;
- Darby Bible

But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
- Webster's Bible

I do not permit a woman to teach, nor have authority over a man, but she must remain silent.
- Weymouth Bible

But I don't permit a woman to teach, nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in quietness.
- World English Bible

But Y suffre not a womman to teche, nether to haue lordschip on the hosebonde, but to be in silence.
- Wycliffe Bible

and a woman I do not suffer to teach, nor to rule a husband, but to be in quietness,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Timothy 2:12

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 2:12

2:12 To usurp authority over the man - By public teaching.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 2:12

1Ti 2:12 I suffer not a woman to teach. "I permit not" (Revised Version). To become an authorized teacher off the church, a work confined to presbyters. Nor to usurp authority over a man. Authoritative teaching and ruling were united.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2:12

  • Key words.... "But I" not God, but Paul is saying personally himself and gave the reasons why. If a pastor take over a church there may be rules of conduct
    from the organization or former pastor. It's always important to know what is God and what is "I". I believe Paul had good reason for this and gave this counsel to Timothy as a young pastor. There are definitely preachers and teachers in the bible like Deborah the prophetess in Judges, Priscilla and Aquila in Acts. Paul was concerned with the women absurbing authority over the man (becoming the pastor or shepherd). Guess what, he was right! In some cases this has happened. Women can not cover the man, but them preaching is not sin.
  • Becky on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I sure don 't think we are supposed to fight for authority. We can be actively teaching in many areas. He said he is not suffering them, he is not putting the burden on them to fight for the right. Personally I don 't have an issue with this, everyone is in charge of something because we have different gifts and we should all bring them to the table to serve God not self.
  • Shelia on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I do believe if God use a donkey to speak , than a woman can give the Gospel, we are call according to the purpose, of the will of God , we are to preach,the acceptable time, the Gospel of Jesus , no one but God will close my mouth, and tell me not to give the word of God,
  • SHea on 1 Timothy 2:12
    As a woman.... I 'd say it IS suffering to be asked to teach or have authority over a man! The guy needs to have authority over himself and teach himself and to ask me to do so is asking me to bare a horrible frustrating suffering that I would never want!!!! Let him learn on his own first and then seek me out!!!
  • Gabrielle on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Well than what do people have to say of Pricilla and Aquila who taught Apollo an evangelist of the 1st century?
  • DON STEPHENS on 1 Timothy 2:12
    either we take the word of god literally or we take it figuratively. If figuratively then there is no literal salvation, and if we are to take it literally then we are to believe the whole word of God literally. For heaven and earth shall both pass away but not one jot nor one tittle of Gods word shall pass . God does not intend for woman to be in control nor for her to be the head of anything.
  • Karen Perry on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I believe that God looks at our Heart, not whether we are male nor female, as Galatians 3:28 teaches us, There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Too, Acts 2:17 teaches us---------And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams. We all are one. Again, God looks at our hearts, not whether I am a man or woman. He loves us all and there is room in His Kingdom for each of us. Let 's all trust and allow God to put us in the positions he wants us to be as He will equip us with His Wisdom and the means to do whatever He would have us to do. We all just need to depend on God, not man nor woman. God Bless you.
  • John on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Is some scripture to be obeyed literally and other not? If there appears to be a conflict should we not have some criteria which we apply to all. How can one prohibit women from teaching men, but sanction women not wearing head cover, women singing in church, women teaching men in adult "Sunday School ", men wearing caps in an outdoor service is this not the same as in church . How about women teaching christian men at a university, or worse yet a bible college? Paul was against Judaisers who taught obedience to the law, but in deference to custom personally recommended certain rules. He also said that all spiritual gifts were worthless without love. Come, lets show a little consistency and some love.
  • Philip mc lean on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I take this verse literally because I have no reason not too.Paul explains the reasoning behind this.The fact that Eve was the one deceived not Adam. Why on earth do you think that satan tempted Eve not Adam. Is it not possible that women perhaps are more open to deception?Paul obviously thought so.I am not chauvinist. I will open the door for any lady. Even put my coat in the puddle Some of the young ones wont have a clue about that statement . But I dont see anywhere in the old testament that women taught in the temple.That was God 's choice and as far as.i am concerned that must be His pattern for Paul would have based this scripture on what he was taught from old testament guidelines. He didn 't have the new testament.If we want to go against the word of God.we will suffer the consequences. That also is God 's pattern!!
  • Wanda on 1 Timothy 2:12
    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.


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