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

  • Steve morrow
    1 TIMOTHY 4:16 TAKE HEED UNTO THYSELF AND UNTO THE DOCTRINE --- CONTINUE IN THEM --- FOR IN DOING THIS THOU SHALT BOTH SAVE THYSELF AND THEM THAT HEAR THEE JOHN 5:34 BUT I RECEIVE NOT TESTIMONY FROM MAN BUT THESE THINGS I SAY THAT YOU MIGHT BE SAVED ACTS 28:28 BE IT KNOWN THEREFORE UNTO YOU THAT THE SALVATION OF GOD IS SENT UNTO THE GENTILES AND THAT THEY WILL HEAR IT
  • Brianna Vs. 10
    By working hard in things pertaining to God, we keep ourselves busy until we await our deliverance. Working hard for God in our lives, shows that our HOPE is in HIM. Not in any human government. Our hard work can be from fighting against sin, helping our neighbor, and helping other come to know God. This will keep us happy and Jehovah God will prove to be our Savior.
  • Steve morrow
    1 TIMOTHY 4:7 BUT REFUSE PROFANE AND OLD WIVES TALES FABLES AND EXERCISE THYSELF RATHER UNTO GODLINESS 2 TIMOTHY 2:10 BUT WHICH BECOMETH WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS WITH GOOD WORKS 2:11 LET THE WOMAN LEARN IN SILENCE WITH ALL SUBJECTION 2:12 BUT I SUFFER NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH OR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN BUT TO BE IN SILENCE
  • BSP
    Paul urged Timothy to be a good example in his speech, conduct, love, and faith in verse 12. We too can strive to set a good example.
  • Irene123
    Quote - Obeying God's instructions on personal matters has spiritual consequences. Peter wrote that the simple application of these instructions can result in sinners converted (1 Pet. 3). The woman he describes is one who is secure in her relationship with God and who derives her beauty from that relationship, cont.
  • Brianna vs. 8
    HA! Verse at makes me feel a little better about my cellulite. I just found this verse funny. In the grand scheme of things exercise is nothing compared to Spirituality. However the Bible does say this is beneficial. Gives me strength and motivation to take care of the body an life God has blessed me with.

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