1 Timothy
Chapter 2

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1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.

15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

Commentary for 1 Timothy 2

Prayer to be made for all persons, since the grace of the gospel makes no difference of ranks or stations. (1-7) How men and women ought to behave, both in their religious and common life. (8-15)1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.

8-15 Under the gospel, prayer is not to be confined to any one particular house of prayer, but men must pray every where. We must pray in our closets, pray in our families, pray at our meals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemn assemblies, whether more public or private. We must pray in charity; without wrath, or malice, or anger at any person. We must pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing. Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Good works are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, of great price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted in garments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if the professors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity in dress. They should spend more time and money in relieving the sick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and their children. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank in life, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These are not trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments for professors of godliness, are good works. According to St. Paul, women are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; for teaching is an office of authority. But good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of true religion. Also, women must not think themselves excused from learning what is necessary to salvation, though they must not usurp authority. As woman was last in the creation, which is one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression. But there is a word of comfort; that those who continue in sobriety, shall be saved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing, by the Messiah, who was born of a woman. And the especial sorrow to which the female sex is subject, should cause men to exercise their authority with much gentleness, tenderness, and affection.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 2

  • A disciple
    "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority;" It is a strong desire of a righteous man or woman to see that mercy and truth, righteousness and peace, preside over the land and in the hearts of our Countrymen. Here is our patience and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ proven!
  • A disciple
    HI GREG; I'M GLAD WE HAVE THINGS LIKE LG. CAPS AND READING GLASSES FOR OUR AGING EYES:) I AM THANKFUL WITH YOU; JESUS LOVED US AND GAVE HIMSELF FOR US, AND DIED ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SINS, AND HAS PAID THE DEBT BY HIS OWN BLOOD. AMEN! I JUST WANT TO ADD; DON'T LET ANYONE (MAN OR SPIRIT) TELL YOU THAT YOU SIN EVERY DAY, IF YOU REALLY DON'T! JESUS HAS CLEANSED US AND BROKEN THE POWER OF SIN OVER US!
  • Greg ormsbee
    SORRY FOR CAPS I SEE BETTER WITH THEMY, I AM NOT A BELIEVER OF ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED. I DO BELIEVE JESUS DIED FOR US, BUT SOUNDS DOES SATAN. WE ARE TO LIVE LIKE JESUS TAUGHT ON THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT. WE ALL SIN, JESUS IS THE EXAMPLE AN OUR SAVIOR, THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR GUIDE, AND WEARE TO TRY AN DONATIONS GOOD, ALL GLORY GOING TO HIM. REPENTANCE IS STILL THERE, BETWEEN YOU AN CHRIST. GODBLESS
  • Inacostlow
    Every word of God is true.god has plan,when we submit all things God says will come to pass.m heartlongs for his touch and anointing. King David did many things he should not but repented because his heart was always toward god.god blessed him forgave him smile.all of us struggle because we re in flesh but God still has plan for us to really use us. I m gonna start sngin,playing,guitar oct 12. 10
  • A disciple
    "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus " In the exhortation is the answer for all of us who profess faith in God and love for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: namely, that God wills for all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth: and while there are so many voices in the world all screaming for attention yet to us there is but One Voice Who would that all men be saved, and Who has commanded us to pray and to give thanks for them all. We must not let ourselves be deceived and drawn away by the voices of politics, or celebrity, or any of the things that the people of the world look to for their guidance, identity, purpose and righteousness, instead of Christ. There is no wisdom outside the Word of God and there is no other Saviour but Jesus. We must therefore see people like our Father sees them, and be not entangled in the affairs and the fears and politics of a world that is about to be destroyed and taken away for ever. For His ways and His thoughts are far above what any of them know. One is our Master and Leader, and we ALL are brethren!
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 2:7 CONSIDER WHAT I SAY AND THE LORD GIVE THEE UNDERSTANDING --IN ALL THINGS-- PSALM 119:104 THROUGH THY PRECEPTS I GET UNDERSTANDING --THEREFORE-- I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY ISAIAH 28:10 FOR PRECEPT MUST BE UPON PRECEPT PRECEPT UPON PRECEPT LINE UPON LINE LINE UPON LINE HERE A LITTLE AND THERE A LITTLE NEHEMIAH 8:8 SO THEY READ IN THE BOOK IN THE LAW OF GOD DISTINCLY AND GAVE THE SENSE AND CAUSED THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE READING PROVERBS 3:5 TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART AND LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING PROVERBS 8:14 COUNSEL IS MINE AND SOUND WISDOM --- I AM UNDERSTANDING --- I HAVE STRENGTH 1 JOHN 5:20 AND WE KNOW THAT THE SON OF GOD IS COME AND HATH GIVEN US AN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE MAY KNOW HIM THAT IS TRUE AND WE ARE IN HIM THAT IS TRUE EVEN IN HIS SON JESUS CHRIST THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE PROVERBS 21:16 THE MAN THAT WANDERETH OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING SHALL REMAIN IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD JOHN 14:6 JESUS SAITH UNTO HIM --I AM THE WAY--THE TRUTH--AND THE LIFE--NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER BUT BY ME
  • Carl Pope
    You are right, I tell my wife, who has difficulties,that we are saved, we are His,He died and rise to ascend after a time, to His Father's right hand. We are to live as His witness to others of his great love for us, and know He wants to be near to us daily, intimately as our God.
  • Rev Franklin Miller
    In Verse 12, Paul was addressing the women in this fashion because they were most likely disrupting the services because of questions. He said later on that they were to ask their husbands at home. Also you cannot usurp authority as a woman IF you are asked to teach, preach, evangelize, or even Pastor a church. Usurp means to commandeer or do something w/o the right to do so. I pray this helps you

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Bible Trivia

What should Christians do for those in government authority?
  • Write letters of encouragement
  • Pray for them
  • Vote them out if unrighteous
  • Demand they govern according to Scripture
  • Talk about them to other believers