1 Timothy 5:8

“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if any prouide not for his owne, & specially for those of his owne house, hee hath denied the faith, and is worse then an infidel.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
- American Standard Version (1901)

If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith.
- Basic English Bible

But if any one does not provide for his own, and specially for those of [his] house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than the unbeliever.
- Darby Bible

But if any provideth not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
- Webster's Bible

But if a man makes no provision for those dependent on him, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is behaving worse than an unbeliever.
- Weymouth Bible

But if anyone doesn't provide for his own, and especially his own household, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
- World English Bible

For if ony man hath not cure of his owne, and most of hise household men, he hath denyed the feith, and is worse than an vnfeithful man.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any one for his own -- and especially for those of the household -- doth not provide, the faith he hath denied, and than an unbeliever he is worse.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:8


5:8 If any provide not - Food and raiment. For his own - Mother and grandmother, being desolate widows. He hath - Virtually. Denied the faith - Which does not destroy, but perfect, natural duties. What has this to do with heaping up money for our children, for which it is often so impertinently alleged? But all men have their reasons for laying up money. One will go to hell for fear of want; another acts like a heathen, lest he should be worse than an infidel.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:8


1Ti 5:8 If any provideth not for his own. The support of his relatives and servants is referred to. Children and grandchildren must support their aged parents. Any one who does not provide for his own family, whether it be wife and children, or aged parents, has practically denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever, for even unbelievers do these things.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5

  • Irene123
    V. 21 - " ..... and the elect angels .....; this is a reference to the pastors of the churches; just as 2 Jn.1 refers to the (worldwide) church - the 'Bride' Of Christ; just as Rev.1:20 refers to the pastors of the 7 churches. I've run across some that think the elect lady and her children is an actual woman. It is indeed easy to believe 1 Jn.1 is to an individual, but Isa. 1:18 says to reason ...
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1-2

    A functioning congregation is like a family. The young ones can look to the older ones as mother, fathers, perhaps even grandparents. In many churches there is a perversion, viewing each other as sex objects. We need to view each other with purity. Any romantic feelings that may exist in the congregation should be between two mature Christians with pure intentions.
  • Irene123
    To Joshua for v. 23 - you are committing the sin of Rev. 22:18-19. The Bible does NOT sanction drunkenness. There are some people who cannot even tolerate their 1st alcoholic drink. Your statement can cause some to take on problems they weren't aware of. "Set a watch before my mouth and a door on my lips."
    That's in Pro. somewhere.
  • Tim
    Timothy, praying for you now brother.
  • John
    Dear Timothy. I am truly sorry to hear about your misfortune. I pray that you are able to gather yourself together and stay strong in faith to our Lord Christ. May God bless you!
  • Timothy for verse 8
    I am almost homeless have a family and feel I will end up in hell because I cannot provide for my family.i also have a great amount of debt to,leave my wife.I wish I could die.

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