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

  • 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
  • Earl Bowman - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Lidya, the Spirit of understanding be with you. Isaiah 46:3-4 ..... which (you) are borne (carried) by me (Christ) from the belly (birth), which (you) are carried (by Christ) from the womb (birth). (vs) 4 And even to your old age am I he; and even to hoar hairs will I (Christ) carry you; I (Christ) have made (created you), and I (Christ) will bear; even I (Christ) will carry; and deliver you. Jesus told his disciples that the Son of Man was sent to be a servant; isn't it nice that Jesus does everything for us; therefore, we can cease from our works and come into his rest.
  • Sj - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Matthew 4:4

    "But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."

    Ephesians 4:27

    "Neither give place to the devil."
  • Sj - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world

    But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ

    For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

    Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace

    And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby

    And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

    For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father

    Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

    And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

    In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord
  • Tony on 1 Timothy 2:12
    If true Christians believe that the Bible does not contradict itself (especially important in the NT) and the Bible states in verses 11 & 12 "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.", then why are there discussions about the subject?

    Paul even tells us why women shouldn't teach in verses 13 & 14, "For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." He even takes it a step further in the next chapter where he describes the role of men and women both in the home and at church. The NT is remarkably consistent in the roles of men and women both at home and at church.

    I constantly hear, "Well, I believe " and "Women were not taught " and "We are all equal " and "We are all one " as justifications for women preachers. Sorry, but your beliefs will not get you saved. Neither will justifications, rationalizations and rectifying Biblical biases.

    The very second you begin altering the meaning of Biblical passages, you're wrong. The Bible is like a fine tapestry: Tug on one thread and it starts to unwind. Change the understanding on one verse and you change the meaning of a verse somewhere else - that's how perfectly interlocked the Bible is. When you change or misconstrue meanings or intentions of Bible verses, no matter how well intentioned you are, you are changing Jesus's Words and the Bible becomes flawed. When you see yourself challenging the Bible, pray to the Holy Ghost for guidance and understanding. May the peace of Jesus Christ be with you and yours.
  • Israel Kuda on 1 Timothy 2:12
    I agree with Paul 100% and I believe the Bible does not contradict itself.

    It is true a woman should not teach out of her womanhood or femininity. When she teaches, she is preaching/teaching not as a woman but as a member of the body of Christ, one together with other men and women. The womanhood in her should keep silent in church and be subject to her husband but the new creature in her cannot certainly be forbidden to speak the Word. In any case it was women who brought the first news of the resurrection and it was a woman (Anna) who blessed the then baby Jesus, speaking in the temple (the church). Was it not a woman who preached to the whole city and brought the whole of Samaria to Christ in John chapter 4? They later graduated in their belief (v42), after they had come to hear of the Lord first hand but their first instance of belief (v39) was at the testimony of the woman! Yes women were considered property in the Jewish traditions but now Christ has come to redeem them that are under the legalistic tendencies and nitty-gritties of the law that we might receive the adoption of sons and now we are all sons of God by faith!

    It would be foolish to be legalistic and petty by clinging to do's and don'ts in taking this verse at its literal value; any saved Spirit filled, baptized believer can speak in church for there is neither male nor female but we are all one in Christ Jesus!
  • Bethany on 1 Timothy 2:12
    "But i suffer not a woman to teach". You have to remember and know that back then women were not taught nor as a whole literate. Women who tried to teach often had no idea to what they were speaking because they were not taught, and that led people astray. Paul would have also known that Deborah was a female prophet who taught the word of God. I believe women can be pastors, but they should not be the sole authority. A female pastor could work with a male pastor or come in for lessons and teaching, but should not be the sole authority in the church unless there is no one else to teach. We are all called to share the word of God. "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection." Since women were not taught Paul was very for the rights of women. Look at it as if you were in school, when a teacher is talking you are to learn and be silent, so that you may hear and understand.
  • CARLOS RAMIREZ TREVINO - in Reply on 1 Timothy 2:12
    Just to put my two cents in, was Paul addressing a specific problem that specific church was having? What was the issue? Paul himself encourages believers to listen to the teaching of the women running some congregations of the time.

    Is there too much being made by some of this particular passage? What is the history of it?

    As Christians, there is no male or female when it comes to the things of God. Throughout history God has used women in the church as Pastors, Evangelists, Deacons, Elders, Teachers.

    Do we sometimes get all tied up in something we shouldn't even be worrying about? Might it be good to keep in mind that we are living under the freedom, both spiritual and social, that we have in Christ? Did Christ save us so we could be bound to laws, regulations, procedures that limit our ability to proclaim His Gospel?

    IMO: Don't let petty, legalistic issues like that bound you up, weigh you down and bundle you up in a confusing mess of do's and don'ts. In Christ there is no male or female. The Gospel can be preached and taught and proclaimed by male, female, donkey or rock. What is important is the proclamation of Christ, not whether your dress is too short, your hair too long, your shoes too bright, your tie is tied wrong, you wear jeans and sandals, you are male, female, child or octogenarian.

    Clearly, Paul was addressing pagan customs of the time and people that were steeped in ways of doing things that might not have been beneficial to a group of Christians meeting in homes and other venues. He was establishing order in the congregations. But we are living in the 21st Century and things have, of necessity, changed. And change is OK.

    We are called to tell people about Christ, not about rules we must follow if we want to be Christians, that is, Spirit filled followers of Christ.

    I, for one, don't really understand 1 Timothy 2:12 in its entirety. And there are other things said we don't fully understand. But "I press on!".


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