1 Timothy 6:12

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternall life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Fight the good fight of the faith, lay hold on the life eternal, whereunto thou wast called, and didst confess the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be fighting the good fight of the faith; take for yourself the life eternal, for which you were marked out, and of which you gave witness in the eyes of all.
- Basic English Bible

Strive earnestly [in] the good conflict of faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which thou hast been called, and hast confessed the good confession before many witnesses.
- Darby Bible

Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
- Webster's Bible

Exert all your strength in the honourable struggle for the faith; lay hold of the Life of the Ages, to which you were called, when you made your noble profession of faith before many witnesses.
- Weymouth Bible

Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you confessed the good confession in the sight of many witnesses.
- World English Bible

Stryue thou a good strijf of feith, catche euerlastinge lijf, in to which thou art clepid, and hast knoulechid a good knouleching bifor many witnessis.
- Wycliffe Bible

be striving the good strife of the faith, be laying hold on the life age-during, to which also thou wast called, and didst profess the right profession before many witnesses.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 6:12


6:12 Fight the good fight of faith - Not about words. Lay hold on eternal life - Just before thee. Thou hast confessed the good confession - Perhaps at his baptism: so likewise, #1Tim 6:13|; but with a remarkable variation of the expression. Thou hast confessed the good confession before many witnesses - To which they all assented. He witnessed the good confession; but Pilate did not assent to it.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 6:12


1Ti 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith. The thought is of a soldier. See 1Ti 1:18. The Christian life is a struggle. Oppose hurtful earthful lusts, but seize upon eternal life. Hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. When called to eternal life. The "Speaker's Commentary" says, ``This refers probably to his baptism, when, as we know from very early times, a public profession of faith was made.'' Bengel writes, ``The Divine call, and the confession of believers are correlatives; they imply each other.'' Compare Ac 8:37.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 6:12

  • A great encouragement for those of us that are in a real spiritual battle. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but the devil and his servants. We fight with the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, prayer, worship, professions of our faith based on the Word, the authority we have from the Lord for treading on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. We had a beaver recently destroying our property. He was caught in a snare which was wired to a barbed wire fence. He fought and fought till he finally broke the wire that was holding him and got free. I believe it was an object lesson to me to keep fighting "like the beaver. " And besides fighting, we need to take hold of eternal life. Jesus promised us an abundant life. He promised the water of life to whosoever wills rev 22:17 . If he promised it, I 'm taking it! He does not lie. We have to take hold if it by faith. The Lord said that since the days of John the Baptist, the Kingdom of God has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. We need to get violent in our fight of faith against the enemy! Praise the Lord!
  • Kingsley for verse 12
    This verse is telling us to strive and fight to achieve our God given dreams.
  • Kulpiyam for verse 12
    It s a good verse and Timothy is my favs book in the bible

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