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

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

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

  • Irene123
    Vs. 1-3; Please - remember to Pray for our Pres. Trump and all world leaders at this time. That God's will, and not satan's, will be done in the decisions made. We need to pray for this everyday, not just occasionally. Thank-you, God bless you and your families, friends.
  • Irene123
    "..... women to keep silence in the church ..... " Paul's words were NOT his, but God's. Paul prayed about what He wrote and God moved on his mind. It's the same with pastors. Aquila did the 'preaching'-IF they had a church in their home Pricilla was his 'helpmeet'. Lydia let Paul, other men use her home to preach.
  • 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 ................
  • Irene123
    Aquila, Pricilla They were 'teaching' one person not preaching in a church. They were 'witnessing'. Apollos NEEDED their expounding on the truth of Jesus because he was doing some harm otherwise they would have left him alone.
  • Irene123
    To be on this site where others are truly needing help - and then to say things like, "you wicked people" - is an awful thing. There are people that are in depression and despair and that does not help.
  • Mike
    The scripture is plain clear. Public teaching of women where men are present is what the Apostle Paul is talking about. There's lots of work for a woman in the Church. Only this one is reserved for men. Must we argue with God?

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