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

  • Rev Franklin Miller
    In Verse 12, Paul was addressing the women in this fashion because they were most likely disrupting the services because of questions. He said later on that they were to ask their husbands at home. Also you cannot usurp authority as a woman IF you are asked to teach, preach, evangelize, or even Pastor a church. Usurp means to commandeer or do something w/o the right to do so. I pray this helps you
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    Man saved or lost CANT tell you to preach or not to preach. God told me to tract I want to pastor instead. The holy ghost is not in me pastoring it's tracting. I OPEN THE DOOR AND NO MAN CAN SHUT IT I CLOSE THE DOOR AND NO MAN CAN OPEN IT. One way or another you WILL do what God calls you to do
  • A disciple
    Renna; All of Paul's writings were the Word of God and the Spirit speaking through him. We cannot say, This was Paul speaking, and this was God speaking; and so think that one we can leave as man's opinion and the other as God's command. We should not be overreaching through this Word; for women may certainly preach and prophesy and sing their poetry to praise the LORD; but not dominate the men!
  • Renna Damon
    Who is the 'I' in vs. 12? When in the chapter did Paul begin to speak for God? I do not wish to preach but I am called to teach. My pastor has informed me that I can not teach in our church because of this scripture. He also said that I may not read the poetry God has given me because it is preaching. I can sing it but I can't read it. reply p
  • Ray321
    1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Amen
  • BSP
    Verse 14: Adam was not deceived, but he willingly disobeyed Jehovah God and ate the forbidden fruit.

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