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The People of the Kingdom
(Category 15 of 16)
Watch our Read Scripture video on 1 Timothy, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to 1 Timothy, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.
In 1 Timothy, Paul shows Timothy how to restore order and purpose to the church in Ephesus which has been disrupted by false teachers.
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1 TIMOTHY: (RS)
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to
PAUL, the aged and experienced apostle, writes to the young pastor Timothy
who is facing a heavy burden of responsibility in the church at Ephesus. The
task is challenging: false doctrine must be erased, public worship safeguarded,
and mature leadership developed. In addition to the conduct of the church, Paul
talks pointedly about the conduct of the minister. Timothy must be on his guard
lest his youthfulness become a liability, rather than as asset, to the gospel. He must
be careful to avoid false teachers and greedy motives, pursuing instead righteousness,
godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and the gentleness that befits a man of
The Greek title for this letter is Pros Timotheon A, the “First to Timothy.” Timothy
means “honoring God” or “honored by God,” and probably was given to him
by his mother Eunice.
1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope,
2 To Timothy, a atrue son in the faith:
bGrace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
No Other Doctrine
3 As I urged you awhen I went into Macedonia—remain in Ephesus that you may 1charge some bthat they teach no other doctrine,
4 anor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith.
5 Now athe purpose of the commandment is love bfrom a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from 1sincere faith,
6 from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to aidle talk,
7 desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what
CHAPTER 1 References
2 aTitus 1:4
3 aActs 20:1, 3
bGal. 1:6, 7
4 aTitus 1:14
6 a1 Tim. 6:4,
8 aRom. 7:12,
11 a1 Tim. 6:15
b1 Cor. 9:17
12 a1 Cor.
15:10 b1 Cor.
7:25 cCol. 1:25
13 aActs 8:3
14 aRom. 5:20
b2 Tim. 1:13;
they say nor the things which they affirm.
8 But we know that the law is agood if one uses it lawfully,
9 knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate , for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
10 for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is 1contrary to sound doctrine,
11 according to the glorious gospel of the ablessed God which was bcommitted to my trust.
Glory to God for His Grace
12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has aenabled me, bbecause He counted me faithful, cputting me into the ministry,
13 although aI was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an 1insolent man; but I obtained mercy because bI did it ignorantly in unbelief.
14 aAnd the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, bwith faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
1 TIMOTHY 1:15
15 aThis is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that bChrist Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.
16 However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.
17 Now to athe King eternal, bimmortal, cinvisible, to 1God dwho alone is wise, ebe honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Fight the Good Fight
18 This 1charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck,
20 of whom are aHymenaeus and bAlexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to cblaspheme.
Pray for All Men
1 Therefore I 1exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men,
2 afor kings and ball who are in 1authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and 2reverence.
3 For this is agood and acceptable in the sight bof God our Savior,
4 awho desires all men to be saved band to come to the knowledge of the truth.
5 aFor there is one God and bone Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
6 awho gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,
7 afor which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth 1in Christ and not lying—ba teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
Men and Women in the Church
8 I desire therefore that the men pray aeverywhere, blifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting;
9 in like manner also, that the awomen adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and 1moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing,
10 abut, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works.
11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission.
12 And aI do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
15 a1 Tim. 3:1;
4:9; 2 Tim.
2:11; Titus 3:8
bIs. 53:5; 61:1;
17 aPs. 10:16
e1 Chr. 29:11
1NU the only
20 a2 Tim.
b2 Tim. 4:14
CHAPTER 2 References
2 aEzra 6:10
b[Rom. 13:1] 1a prominent
3 aRom. 12:2
b2 Tim. 1:9
4 aEzek. 18:23,
32; John 3:17;
1 Tim. 4:10;
2 Pet. 3:9
b[John 17:3] 5 a1 Cor. 8:6;
b[Heb. 9:15] 6 aMark 10:45
7 aEph. 3:7, 8;
1 Tim. 1:11;
2 Tim. 1:11
16] 1NU omits
8 aLuke 23:34
9 a1 Pet. 3:3
10 a1 Pet. 3:4
12 a1 Cor.
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with selfcontrol.
The Perfect Revelation of the LORD
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
1 THE aheavens declare the glory of God; And the bfirmament1 shows 2His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
4 aTheir 1line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a 2tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, aAnd rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 aThe law of the LORD is perfect, 1converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making bwise the simple;
PSALM 19 References
1 aIs. 40:22;
20] bGen. 1:6,
7 1expanse of
work of His
4 aRom. 10:18
Vg. sound; Tg.
5 aEccl. 1:5
7 aPs. 111:7;
[Rom. 7:12] bPs. 119:130
10 aPs. 119:72,
8:10, 11, 19
1honey in the
12 a[Ps. 51:1,
2] 13 aNum. 15:30
14 aPs. 51:15
bPs. 31:5; Is.
47:4 1Lit. rock
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than agold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the 1honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors? aCleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from apresumptuous sins; Let them not have bdominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of 1great transgression.
14 aLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my 1strength and my bRedeemer.
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