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 2:12

  • Anonymous for verse 12
    It always comes to man wanting to take Fathers word and change it If we go back a few hundred years and take heed of the old saints fear and trembling at Gods word that might instill in some of you wicked people what you will one day have to answer to What do you not comprehend about the clear and simple command of the scriptures? I do not ? Go against His command and you have broken them all
  • 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.
  • 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,
  • 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 for verse 12
    Well than what do people have to say of Pricilla and Aquila who taught Apollo an evangelist of the 1st century?
  • DON STEPHENS for verse 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.

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