1 Timothy 4:3

“Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to absteine from meates, which God hath created to bee receiued with thankesgiuing of them which beleeue, and know the trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{men} who forbid marriage {and advocate} abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

forbidding to marry, `and commanding' to abstain from meats, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by them that believe and know the truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Who keep men from being married and from taking food which God made to be taken with praise by those who have faith and true knowledge.
- Basic English Bible

forbidding to marry, [bidding] to abstain from meats, which God has created for receiving with thanksgiving for them who are faithful and know the truth.
- Darby Bible

Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving by them who believe and know the truth.
- Webster's Bible

forbidding people to marry, and insisting on abstinence from foods which God has created to be partaken of, with thankfulness, by those who believe and have a clear knowledge of the truth.
- Weymouth Bible

forbidding marriage and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.
- World English Bible

forbedinge to be weddid, to absteyne fro metis, whiche God made to take with doyng of thankingis, to feithful men, and hem that han knowe the treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

forbidding to marry -- to abstain from meats that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those believing and acknowledging the truth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 4:3


4:3 Forbidding priests, monks, and nuns to marry, and commanding all men to abstain from such and such meats at such and such times. Which God hath created to be received by them that know the truth - That all meats are now clean. With thanksgiving - Which supposes a pure conscience.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 4:3


1Ti 4:3 Forbidding to marry. Not long after Paul's time the superior holiness of the unmarried life began to be preached in the church, and this resulted at last in monasticism and a celibate clergy. [Commanding] to abstain from meats. The ascetic practices which began to grow up in the church a little later extended to foods. To eat the least palatable food which would sustain life was counted a virtue. These ascetics generally forbade animal food, and some lived only on bread and water. These practices are still found among certain orders of the Latin and Eastern churches. Which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving. The foods which God hath created are for use, to be eaten thankfully by those who believe and know the truth, instead of having their minds darkened by delusions.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 4:3

  • Komura thompson for verse 3
    Marriage was divinely established in Eden and affirmed by Jesus to be lifelong union between a man and woman in loving companionship. For the Christian, a marriage commitment is to God as well to the spouse, and should be entered into only between partners who share a common faith. From the diversity of male and female God brought order, ones. The first Friday He performs the first marriage, joining this two, and the epitome of His image to make them one. And marriage has being the foundation of the family, the foundation of society it self, ever since. Scripture describes marriage as a decisive act of both detachment and attachment One shell leave his father and mother, and she cleave unto, his wife and they shell be one flesh.
  • Forbidding to marry is mentioned along with the earlier verses as "doctrines of demons." There are some religions that try to enforce this today. Those that do are not following the Bible. In fact, they are spreading and teaching these "doctrines of demons."

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