1 Timothy 4:7

“But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But refuse prophane and olde wiues fables, and exercise thy selfe rather vnto godlinesse.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but refuse profane and old wives' fables. And exercise thyself unto godliness:
- American Standard Version (1901)

But have nothing to do with unclean and foolish stories. Give yourself training in religion:
- Basic English Bible

But profane and old wives' fables avoid, but exercise thyself unto piety;
- Darby Bible

But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather to godliness.
- Webster's Bible

But worldly stories, fit only for credulous old women, have nothing to do with.
- Weymouth Bible

But refuse profane and old wives' fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.
- World English Bible

But eschewe thou vncouenable fablis, and elde wymmenus fablis; haunte thi silf to pitee.
- Wycliffe Bible

and the profane and old women's fables reject thou, and exercise thyself unto piety,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 4:7


4:7 Like those who were to contend in the Grecian games, exercise thyself unto godliness - Train thyself up in holiness of heart and life, with the utmost labour, vigour, and diligence.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 4:7


1Ti 4:7 Refuse profane and old wives' fables. The foolish myths and legends of the heathen, and also the marvelous additions which Jewish rabbis had made to the Old Testament. Reject all these. Exercise thyself [rather] unto godliness. Train thyself to a godly life, as a gymnast trains himself to bodily exercise.

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