1 Timothy 2:4

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Who will haue all men to bee saued, and to come vnto the knowledge of the trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Whose desire is that all men may have salvation and come to the knowledge of what is true.
- Basic English Bible

who desires that all men should be saved and come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.
- Darby Bible

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
- Webster's Bible

who is willing for all mankind to be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth.
- Weymouth Bible

who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth.
- World English Bible

oure sauyour, that wole that alle men ben maad saaf, and that thei come to the knowyng of treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

who doth will all men to be saved, and to come to the full knowledge of the truth;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 2:4


2:4 Who willeth seriously all men - Not a part only, much less the smallest part. To be saved - Eternally. This is treated of, #1Ti 2:5|,6. And, in order thereto, to come - They are not compelled. To the knowledge of the truth - Which brings salvation. This is treated of, #1Ti 2:6|,7.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 2:4


1Ti 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved. The Scriptures uniformly represent it as the divine will that all should come to life. But he does not will to save men irrespective of the conditions of salvation. They must, in order to be saved, come unto a knowledge of the truth. In other words, must hear, receive, and obey the gospel.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2

  • Ren
    1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.
  • A disciple
    Lu2677; If I may? I think a lot of people were uneducated, but that wasn't the reason women were forbidden to teach and to dominate the men, but to be under obedience and to keep silence. The modern culture of some western countries, who have become spiritual adulteresses; congratulate themselves for things that are abomination to God, and STILL forbidden! But who dares say anything these days?
  • Lu2677
    1 Tim.2:9"shamefacedness" is a noun; quality,concept, a state of being. A plural noun in this context for women professing godliness,use discernment. The opposite is:unrepentant,brazen,blameless, innocent.In the same verse is "sobriety", in the context of the verse it is related to;forbearance,restraint,discipline,self-control,seriousness. Doing what is right in the eyes of God.

  • Lu2677
    To answer the comment"women did not teach back then because they were not educated" 1 Timothy 2:11"let the women learn in silence with all subjection" (this is during assembly with the saints,during a time of learning" The reason Paul gives is: v.13 "For Adam was first formed then Eve" V. 14"And Adam was not deceived, but the women being deceived was in the transgression."
  • Lu2677
    1 Timothy 2:14 And Adam was not deceived,but the woman that was deceived was in the transgression. Also, Ezekiel 14:7-10
  • Lu2677
    April,1Timothy2:9 "modest apparel". Modest=not showing too much of the body (skin),decent. V.10 But which becometh women professing godliness with good works" (A woman professing godliness would discern if her clothing would cause a man to look at her and lust, she would not want to cause someone to stumble. A "good conscience" would be careful not to "offend" as in Acts 24:16.

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