1 Timothy 4:1

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Now the Spirit speaketh expresly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giuing heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of deuils:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times some shall fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,
- American Standard Version (1901)

But the Spirit says clearly that in later times some will be turned away from the faith, giving their minds to spirits of deceit, and the teachings of evil spirits,
- Basic English Bible

But the Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some shall apostatise from the faith, giving their mind to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons
- Darby Bible

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons;
- Webster's Bible

Now the Spirit expressly declares that in later times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and the teachings of demons;
- Weymouth Bible

But the Spirit says expressly that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons,
- World English Bible

But the spirit seith opynli, that in the laste tymes summen schulen departe fro the feith, yyuynge tent to spiritis of errour, and to techingis of deuelis; that speken leesing in ipocrisie,
- Wycliffe Bible

And the Spirit expressly speaketh, that in latter times shall certain fall away from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and teachings of demons,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 4:1


4:1 But the Spirit saith - By St. Paul himself to the Thessalonians, and probably by other contemporary prophets. Expressly - As concerning a thing of great moment, and soon to be fulfilled. That in the latter times - These extend from our Lord's ascension till his coming to judgment. Some - Yea, many, and by degrees the far greater part. Will depart from the faith - The doctrine once delivered to the saints. Giving heed to seducing spirits - Who inspire false prophets.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 4:1


1Ti 4:1 A Falling Away Predicted SUMMARY OF I TIMOTHY 4: An Apostasy in Latter Times. Some of the Marks of That Apostasy. Directions to Timothy in View of This. The Preacher to Be an Example. To Take Heed to Himself. Now the Spirit speaketh expressly. In revelations made to Paul and other inspired men. See 2Th 2:3. In the latter times. In future times. How far away is not indicated. Some shall depart from the faith. There shall be an apostasy. Compare 2Th 2:3. Some of the marks of this apostasy are now given. Giving heed to seducing spirits. The apostle seems to recognize a preternatural element which speaks by false prophets, in false utterances which claims to be from God. These seducing spirits might work through hierarchs, who claimed to speak for God, or through councils which claimed to make infallible utterances. Doctrines of demons. Doctrines suggested by demons. The Greek "daimonion", "demon", not "devil", always refers in the New Testament to an evil spirit.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 4

  • Ray321
    Romans 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger. 1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father and the younger men as brethren. 1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble
  • BSP
    Verse 12: There can be many good things learned from the example of wise young ones. We should not look down on younger ones just because of their age.
  • Ray321
    This chapter sounds like today. Lest and lest people are getting married. 1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. It better to marry then to burn Paul said.
  • Brian
    As it plainly states in verse 1 that is a "doctrine of devils".
  • A disciple
    "Forbidding to marry" - Imposed celibacy cannot give a man the grace of self control, without having determined in his own mind by the Spirit to keep the body under. Jesus' first miracle was to turn water into wine at a Wedding Feast. When the disciples said to Him, "...its better not to marry;" He answered straight and simple, so as to leave it up to each one to decide for himself what was best.
  • A disciple
    "having their conscience seared with a hot iron" What happens in the conscience of those who get into a fornication relationship is very evident! How many there are who have some Bible upbringing, and have rebelled! How many have we found, who have chosen to live together unmarried, or pursue a lifestyle of promiscuity, that are hateful and hostile to the words of Jesus! How'd they get there!

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