1 Timothy 4

The Coming Apostasy

1 Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
2 by the hypocrisy of liars, who are seared in their own conscience,
3 who forbid marrying [and insist on] abstaining from foods that God created for sharing in with thankfulness by those who believe and who know the truth,
4 because everything created by God [is] good and nothing [is to be] rejected [if it is] received with thankfulness,
5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

The Good Servant of Christ

6 [By] teaching these [things] to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, trained in the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed faithfully.
7 But reject those {worthless myths told by elderly women}, and train yourself for godliness.
8 For the training of the body is {somewhat} profitable, but godliness is profitable for everything, [because it] holds promise for the present life and for the [life] to come.
9 The statement [is] trustworthy and deserving of complete acceptance.
10 For to this [end] we labor and suffer reproach, because we have put our hope in [the] living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
11 Command these [things] and teach [them].
12 Let no one look down on your youth, but be an example for the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
13 Until I come, pay attention to the [public] reading, to exhortation, to teaching.
14 Do not neglect the gift [that is] in you, that was granted to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.
15 Practice these [things]. Be [diligent] in these [things], in order that your progress may be evident to everyone.
16 Fix [your] attention on yourself and on your teaching. Continue in them, for [by] doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

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Footnotes 9

  • [a]. *Here "[if]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("received") which is understood as conditional
  • [b]. *Here "[by]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("teaching") which is understood as means
  • [c]. Literally "worthless and characteristic of an elderly woman myths"
  • [d]. Literally "for a little"
  • [e]. *Here "[because]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("holds") which is understood as causal
  • [f]. Some manuscripts have "and strive"
  • [g]. Many English translations supply "of scripture" here to clarify what is to be read aloud
  • [h]. Literally "be in these [things]," though most English versions supply a predicate here
  • [i]. *Here "[by]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("doing") which is understood as means

1 Timothy 4 Commentaries

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