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

  • Rose on 1 Timothy 2:12
    This is precisely why we are told to follow God, place our faith, belief, and trust in Him. Not man.

    Man has been scrambling these books of the Bible for years upon years.

    Paul was brought to see the problem arising in the church with women "busy bodies" that would become a distraction to all. Men trying to hear the teachings couldn't keep focused on the lessons being taught because the women of the church were chatting among each other over many subjects having nothing to do with anything that needed being taught.

    I know some ladies night get mad with me for saying this, but...

    To this very day this tends to be a problem. Today we call them "Gossipers, Busy Bodies, Chatter Boxes" and often the subjects of their conversations are filled with partial truths and extra padding that makes it sound juicier than it really is. Yet doing this during church creates a distraction for everybody else that is trying to pay attention to the lessons being taught. Having not heard a single word of the lessons themselves these ladies will then go about trying to witness to others without fully knowing nor understanding what it is they are speaking about.

    I love each and everyone of you... I pray for you as well.

    The truth shall set me free whether you get mad at me for saying this or not, but at times even I have had to turn in my seat to look back at the Chatter Boxes in an effort to get them to understand that I'd love to be able to hear the lessons being spoken of during a service.

    There is a time and place for everything, but during a service is not the time nor the place for Chatter Boxes.

    Sure.. I know the Bible from front cover to back cover many times through and through, but who is to say in this very moment during a service that God doesn't have something that He needs and wants me to hear and understand. Yet the Chatter Boxes are keeping me from being able to hear what it is that I need to hear.

    God has shown me a lot of His Truth throughout my Life's Journey.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    This must have bothered you tremendously seeing you bring this to a website where there may be none of your members, I've experienced similar situations but it was men as well, I've seen worse. Don't let it render you unprofitable. God bless you
  • Rose - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Please don't assume that none of the member are here at this site because they are. Yet that is for nobody to really know but the members and of course God who knows all things. Thank you for your comment however and God Bless.
  • Sacha - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    This has never been a problem in any church service i have ever been to ,you need to speak to those involved privately ,if they dont respect the service they shouldnt be at it and if they dont shut up after you have spoken to them then you need to speak to your minister ,is it only you that has noticed this ? My guess is that others are just as annoyed as you ,its not good for us to be annoyed at others ,it can breed resentment and even hostility ,best to talk about it and sort it out so there is no bad feelings ,forgive and move past it .
  • Rose - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    This was a a place to where I had been invited as a guest to hear a guest speaker on a few occassions and to approach one of the ladies would have been no doubt a battle not to be entered into as her position within the church was as equal to the Pastor himself. Not to mention she seemed to also have the authority to have people removed from the church permenantely.

    It was far wiser and ordered by God to not step foot in those doors again to which I obeyedand continue to obey. What has happened since those days is between them and God. Not me.

    The guest speakers at all of those meeting to which I was invited have contacted me inviting me to other places to meet with them to hear the sermons. It has truly been a blessing.
  • S Spencer - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Hi Rose

    I understand, and yes that's sad but it does happen by men and women, I've witnessed worse as a leader in the Church, sometimes the battle is within the gates,

    Stay true in the light of the Lord brother .

    God bless you.
  • Rose - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    S Spencer,

    This was not to say that men do not do likewise. In general I was referring to the scriptures of those days when Paul, had to stop the disruptive behavior within the church. Once upon a time men respected God. They sat in completely awe and marveled at the words of Jesus' teachings.

    However, today I agree that men are just as bad as women in the distractions within the churches. If its not upcoming sporting events its negotiations oversome sort of sell, trade, or buying venture they are whispering about. The lack of respect towards God today is mind boggling, troubling, a sad.

    In truth...

    I saw a vision of them standing in a huddled mass outside of the gatesof God's Kingdom. Busy Bodies, Gosspiers, Deal Takers/Dodgers, Goods Swappers, etc. Repeatedly Saint Paul called out to them but they heard him not. For they were caught up in their Chatters. Then closed the gates of Heaven with a huge blinding flash of light. For a millisecond I felt my heart as though it were sinking because those people had been locked outside the gate, but that millisecond came and was gone as the light of God's love filled every corner of Eternity.

    There is a time and place for everything. God's time is eternal. When He calls out that final time and slams those gates shut for all of eternity it is then too late to remember that respect for God and His time.

    How important is a car deal when the last call from God comes?

    How inportant is a recipe for vegetable soup when the last call from God comes?

    I don't have to bring this to your attention. Its not like you don't already know this.

    God Bless and I know that God is with you always.
  • Patty Tozi on 1 Timothy 2:12
    In our last days God has warned us about in the writings of His words spoken thru the Bible. What have you done with your Life? All the outcome will hit you right in the face when you realize how many times God gave you Blessings and you threw them away on this sinful world of me -myself- and l will do what l want...when l want- and thru others telling you to do different. The evilness coming out to destroy God's gift to you. No one but you exposed your life. Just think how it will look in the Book of Life as it starts being read to you. You will be on your knees begging God for another chance. But how long did you have a chance to change your life on Earth. How many times have you helped others less fortunate. Didn't Jesus give of Himself to others never thinking of Himself. Didn't He bring the wisdom of His Father to others. He was always reaching out to the needs of others. No one knows how strong His Love and His Father's Love is until you walk into it. I did more then once. You can not describe it. The world knows nothing of this compassionate Love that can move a mountain. Not only does it come from the heart but the energy of His whole being. That is why no matter how bad you are He stands near waiting for His Last sheep to return. Knocking always until you do. The Light is so caring it will blind you at first. Love that comes from the inside out always looking inside the person. Never the outside. Pure Love!!!! Are you going to let that go when you are able to meet Him? Time is coming faster and faster. Get wise now! Beware now.. Start climbing the stairs to Heaven by doing good thru His Words. Don't let Satan drag you to the pit of Hell! Wise up now!!! Heed my warnings now!!! Another chance you will never get!!! Stay clear of the wickedness of this world...Repent..the time of His coming is very near!!! Ask for forgiveness...Save yourself in this hell bent world!!! I saw the sufferings that will become soon to all the Earth...Wake up before it comes:
  • Lidya on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Please share with me some Bible verses on how to continue my walk with God.
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I grew the most as a Christian, just reading the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Paying close attention to everything Jesus said or did, or revealed. How did he act?

    I read it real slow so I wouldn't skim by and miss something. I learned who he is; I saw how he reacted. He doesn't get explosive on people. He's patient, kind, righteous: he likes to tell stories; so do I.

    If no one would listen, he moved on to the next place. He won people's hearts by telling them of Gods heart. He has a deep love for kids.

    I went to the same church with a guy named, CARMAN. He's lived his life doing concerts at Churches, for kids and their families. He's a very kind, funny at times and loves to sing about Jesus. Check out some of his videos on YouTube. Type in YO KIDZ. My favorite song is The Champion.

    Happy Birthday :D

    May the Lord of all keep his Hand on You and bless you with Wisdom, Understanding and Knowlege of the mysteries of the Bible. May the Holy Spirit Keep you near to his heart. I pray the Lord would bless you with angels to keep you safe; and all of your family. May all of you find favor with the Lord. Ask for what you Need.

    Love Mishael


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