1 Timothy 4:12

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the beleeuers, in word, in conuersation, in charitie, in spirit, in faith, in puritie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but {rather} in speech, conduct, love, faith {and} purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an ensample to them that believe, in word, in manner of life, in love, in faith, in purity.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let no one make little of you because you are young, but be an example to the church in word, in behaviour, in love, in faith, in holy living.
- Basic English Bible

Let no one despise thy youth, but be a model of the believers, in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
- Darby Bible

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in deportment, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
- Webster's Bible

Let no one think slightingly of you because you are a young man; but in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, be an example for your fellow Christians to imitate.
- Weymouth Bible

Let no man despise your youth; but be an example to those who believe, in word, in your way of life, in love, in spirit, in faith, and in purity.
- World English Bible

No man dispise thi yongthe, but be thou ensaumple of feithful men in word, in lyuyng, in charite, in feith, in chastite.
- Wycliffe Bible

let no one despise thy youth, but a pattern become thou of those believing in word, in behaviour, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 4:12


4:12 Let no one have reason to despise thee for thy youth. To prevent this, Be a pattern in word - Public and private. In spirit - In your whole temper. In faith - When this is placed in the midst of several other Christian graces, it generally means a particular branch of it; fidelity or faithfulness.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 4:12


1Ti 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth. The remainder of the chapter is personal. Timothy was much younger than Paul, much younger than most of the presbyters, but he must have been fully thirty-five years old. He was converted about A.D. 46 and was then a young man, quite young, according to the ideas of that age, to be over presbyters. In A.D. 51, Paul had taken him away from home (Ac 16:1-3). I suppose that he must have been twenty at that time. If so, he was from thirty-five to thirty-eight years old at this time. Be thou an example of the believers. So should every preacher be, and in all the characteristics which follow.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 4:12

  • Even though young ones may not have a lot of life experience, this verse shows that young ones can be a good example. No matter how young or old we are we can be an example of faith and love for God. None of us should look down on young ones just because of their age. We should try to look for the good in everyone.
  • Adesina biola oluwaseun for verse 12
    Simply for the youth to live examplary life of Christ...
  • Ranford Stone for verse 12
    When you are young it is the best time to start serving the Lord But one have to commited
  • This is a lesson for all youths.let us not belittle ourselves in the work of god,if timothy did it you can do it.
  • MAY,MEDON for verse 12
    PAUL ENCOURAGES TIMOTHY HERE TO LIVE AN EXAMPLARY LIFE BECAUSE AS AYOUTH,THEREARE SO MANY WAYS THAT YOUR LIFE CAN BE MEANINGFUL AND USEFUL TO GOD AND HIS KINGDOM.MANY YOUNG PEOPLE DID EXPLOITS IN GOD'S NAME..AND THEY GREW UPWITH GREATLIVES E.G.SAMUEL,DAVID
  • Joshua maingi for verse 12
    timothy was submissive and teachable ,lived a blameless life with everyone

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