1 Timothy 6:18

“That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

That they doe good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{Instruct them} to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And to do good, having wealth in good works, being quick to give, taking part with one another;
- Basic English Bible

to do good, to be rich in good works, to be liberal in distributing, disposed to communicate [of their substance],
- Darby Bible

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
- Webster's Bible

They must be beneficent, rich in noble deeds, open-handed and liberal;
- Weymouth Bible

that they do good, that they be rich in good works, that they be ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
- World English Bible

to do wel, to be maad riche in good werkis, liytli to yyue,
- Wycliffe Bible

to do good, to be rich in good works, to be ready to impart, willing to communicate,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 6:18


6:18 To do good - To make this their daily employ, that they may be rich - May abound in all good works. Ready to distribute - Singly to particular persons. Willing to communicate - To join in all public works of charity.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 6:18


1Ti 6:18 That they do good. The right use of wealth is given. Let it be a means of doing good so that they may be rich in good works.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 6:18

  • Paul was recommending that his fellow worshippers cultivate the spirit of generosity.Even in difficult economic times today,we should try to promote a generous spirit.
  • This scripture promotes a generous attitude. We should be willing to share what we have and look for opportunities to share. This will upbuild others and draw people closer together.
  • Wesley oneal for verse 18
    It is important for Christians to understand the dangers of laying up treasures for self consumption, because it reveals the true condition of the heart. Jesus taught that those who lay (theo) up treasures for themselves are not rich toward God. It is God that gives all things richly to enjoy, not wealth. Remember it was Jesus who taught that “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”.

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