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1 Timothy 2:1
I exhort (παρακαλῶ)
See on consolation, Luk 6:24.
First of all (πρῶτον πάντων)
Connect with I exhort. The only instance of this phrase in N.T.
Supplications be made (ποιεῖσθαι δεήσεις)
The phrase occurs Luk 5:33; Phi 1:4. olxx. oClass. Δέησις is petitionary prayer. Προσευχὴ prayer is limited to prayer to God, while δέησις may be addressed to men. The two are associated, Ti1 5:5 : the inverse order, Eph 6:18; Phi 4:6.
Only here and Ti1 4:5. lxx, 2 Macc. 4:8. The verb ἐντυγχάνειν, commonly rendered to make intercession, Rom 8:27, Rom 8:34; Rom 11:2; and ὑπερεντυγχάνειν to intercede in behalf of, Rom 8:26. The verb signifies to fall in with a person; to draw near so as to converse familiarly. Hence, ἔντευξις is not properly intercession in the accepted sense of that term, but rather approach to God in free and familiar prayer. Ἑντυγχάνειν in the passages cited is not to make intercession, but to intervene, interfere. Thus in Rom 8:26, it is not that the Spirit pleads in our behalf, but that he throws himself into our case; takes part in it. So Heb 7:25 : not that Jesus is ever interceding for us, but that he is eternally meeting us at every point, and intervening in al our affairs for our benefit. In ἐντεύξεις here the idea of interposition is prominent: making prayers a factor in relations with secular rulers.
1 Timothy 2:2
In Paul only Co2 11:32.
That are in authority (τῶν ἐν ὑπεροχῇ ὄντων)
Ὑπεροχή authority only here and Co1 2:1. Several times in lxx Originally, projection, prominence: metaphorically, preeminence, superiority. In Byzantine Greek, a little like our Excellency. This very phrase is found in an inscription of the early Roman period, after 133 b.c., at Pergamum. Paul has the phrase ἐξ ουσίαι ὑπερεχούσαι higher powers, Rom 13:1; and οἱ ὑπερέχοντες those in high places is found Wisd. 6:5.
We may lead (διάγωμεν)
Pasto. Comp. Tit 3:3.
Quiet and peaceable (ἤρεμον καὶ ἡσυχιον)
Ἤρεμος, N.T.o. In Class. only the adverb ἠρέμα quietly. Ἡσύχιος tranquil, oP. Only here and Pe1 3:4. In lxx once, Isa 66:2. Ἡρεμος denotes quiet arising from the absence of outward disturbance: ἡούχιος tranquillity arising from within. Thus, ἀνήρ ἡσύχιος is the composed, discreet, self-contained man, who keeps himself from rash doing: ἤρεμος ἀνήρ is he who is withdrawn from outward disturbances. Hence, ἤρεμος here may imply keeping aloof from political agitation's and freedom from persecutions.
Better, gravity. Honesty, according to the modern acceptation, is an unfortunate rendering. In earlier English it signified becoming department, decency, decorum. So Shakespeare: "He is of a noble strain, of approved valor and confirmed honesty" (Much Ado, ii.1). This noun and the kindred adjective σεμνὸς only in the Pastorals, except Phi 4:8. The adjective signifies reverend or venerable; exhibiting a dignity which arises from moral elevation, and thus invites reverence. In lxx it is used to characterize the name of God (2 Macc. 6:28); the words of wisdom (Pro 8:6); the words of the pure (Pro 15:26).
See on Pe1 1:3, and see on sound doctrine, Ti1 1:10. oP. Mostly in the Pastorals.
1 Timothy 2:3
Pasto. Compare ἀποδοχή acceptation, Ti1 1:15, and Paul's εὐρόσδεκτος acceptable, Rom 15:16, Rom 15:31; Co2 6:2; Co2 7:12.
1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved (ὃς πάντας ἀνθρώπους θέλει σωθῆναι)
Lit, who willeth all men, etc. As who, or seeing that he, giving the ground of the previous statement. Prayer to God for all is acceptable to him, because he wills the salvation of all. Θέλει willeth, marking a determinate purpose.
Come to the knowledge of the truth (εἰς ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας ἐλθεῖν)
The phrase only here and Ti2 3:7. Ἑπίγνωσις is a favorite Pauline word. See on Rom 3:20; see on Col 1:9; see on Ti1 2:4; see on Ti1 4:3. It signifies advanced or full knowledge. The difference between the simple γνῶσις and the compound word is illustrated in Rom 1:21, Rom 1:28, and Co1 13:12. In N.T. always of the knowledge of things ethical or divine, and never ascribed to God. For ἀλήθεια truth, see on sound doctrine, Ti1 1:10. It appears 14 times in the Pastorals, and always without a defining genitive. So, often in Paul, but several times with a defining genitive, as truth of God, of Christ, of the gospel. The logical relation in the writer's mind between salvation and the knowledge of the truth is not quite clear. Knowledge of the truth may be regarded as the means of salvation, or it may be the ideal goal of the whole saving work. See Co1 13:12; Phi 3:8; Joh 17:3. The latter is more in accord with the general drift of teaching in these Epistles.
1 Timothy 2:5
The universality of the grace is grounded in the unity of God. Comp. Rom 3:30. One divine purpose for all implies one God who purposes.
These Epistles deal much with the divine attributes. See Ti1 1:17; Ti1 6:13, Ti1 6:15, Ti1 6:16; Ti1 3:15; Ti1 4:10; Ti2 2:13; Tit 1:2.
See on Gal 3:19. The word twice in Paul, Gal 3:29, Gal 3:20, once of Moses and once generally. In Hebrews always of Christ; Heb 8:6; Heb 9:15, Heb 12:24. This is the only instance in the pastorals. As the one God, so the one mediator implies the extension of the saving purpose to all.
The man Christ Jesus
The phrase only here.
1 Timothy 2:6
Who gave himself (ὁ δοὺς ἐαυτὸν)
The phrase with the simple verb only here, Gal 1:4, and Tit 2:14. Paul uses the compound verb παραδιδόναι, Gal 2:20; Eph 5:2, Eph 5:25. Comp. Rom 8:32.
N.T.o. olxx. oClass. Λύτρον ransom, Mat 20:28; Mar 10:45, applied to Christ's life given for many. But neither this nor any of its kindred words is used by Paul. He uses ἀπολύτρωσις, but that means the act not the means of redemption.
For all (ὑπὲρ)
Ὑπὲρ does not mean instead of (ἀντὶ). See on Rom 5:6. Any idea of exchange or substitution which may be implied, resides in ἀντίλυτρον; but it is pressing that unique word too far to find in it the announcement of a substitutional atonement.
To be testified in due time (τὸ μαρτύριον καιροῖς ἰδίοις)
Lit. (gave himself a ransom) the testimony in its own times. That is, the gift of Christ as a ransom was to be the substance or import of the testimony which was to be set forth in its proper seasons. Thus μαρτύριον testimony is in apposition with the whole preceding sentence, and not with ransom only. Μαρτύριον is used sometimes simply as witness or testimony (Mat 8:4; Mar 6:11): sometimes specially of the proclamation of the gospel, as Mat 24:14; Act 4:33; Th1 1:10. The apostles are said, μαρτυρεῖν to bear witness, as eye or ear witnesses of the sayings, deeds, and sufferings of Jesus (Co1 15:15). In Co1 1:6, μαρτύριον τοῦ Χριστοῦ is practically = the gospel. In Th2 1:10, τὸ μαρτύριον ἡμῶν ἐφ' ὑμᾶς our testimony among you is our public attestation of the truth of the gospel. The idea of witness is a favorite one with John. See Joh 1:7. The exact phrase καιροῖς ἰδίοις in its own times, only in the Pastorals, here, Ti1 6:15; Tit 1:3. In Gal 6:9 καιρῷ ἰδίῳ in due time. Comp. Gal 4:4.
1 Timothy 2:7
I am ordained (ἐτέθην ἐγω)
Better, I was appointed. See on Joh 15:16.
A preacher (κῆρυξ)
Lit. a herald. See on Pe2 2:5. Paul does not use the noun, but the kindred verb κηρύσσειν to proclaim or preach is very common in his writings. See Rom 10:8; Co1 1:23; Co2 4:5; Phi 1:15, etc.
I speak the truth in Christ and lie not
Omit in Christ. A strange asseveration to an intimate and trusted friend. Apparently an imitation of Rom 9:1.
A teacher of the Gentiles (διδάσκαλος ἐθνῶν)
Paul does not use this phrase. He expressly distinguishes between teacher and apostle. See Co1 12:28; Eph 4:11. He calls himself ἐθνῶν ἀπόστολος apostle of the Gentiles (Rom 11:13); λειτουργός Χριστοῦ Ἱησοῦ εἰς τὰ ἔθνη minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles (Rom 15:16); and δέσμιος τοῦ Χριστοῦ Ἱησοῦ ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν τῶν ἐθνῶν prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles (Eph 3:1).
In faith and verity (ἐν πίστει καὶ ἀληθείᾳ)
Or faith and truth. The combination only here. Paul has sincerity and truth (Co1 5:8), and sanctification of the Spirit and faith of the truth (Th2 2:13). The phrase must not be explained in true faith, nor faithfully and truly. It means that faith and truth are the element or sphere in which the apostolic function is discharged: that he preaches with a sincere faith in the gospel, and with a truthful representation of the gospel which he believes.
1 Timothy 2:8
I will (βούλομαι)
Better, I desire. See on Mat 1:19, and comp. Phi 1:12. Paul's word is θέλω I will. See Rom 16:19; Co1 7:32; Co1 10:20; Co1 14:5, Co1 14:19, etc.
Everywhere (ἐν παντὶ τόπῳ)
Lit. in every place. Wherever Christian congregations assemble. Not every place indiscriminately.
Lifting up holy hands (ἐπαίροντας ὁσίους χεῖρας)
The phrase is unique in N.T. olxx. Among Orientals the lifting up of the hands accompanied taking an oath, blessing, and prayer. The custom passed over into the primitive church, as may be seen from the mural paintings in the catacombs. See Clement, Ad Corinth. xxix, which may possibly be a reminiscence of this passage. The verb ἐπαίρειν to raise, twice in Paul, Co2 10:5; Co2 11:20; but often in Luke. Ὁσίους holy, oP. See on Luk 1:75.
Without wrath and doubting (χωρὶς ὀργῆς καὶ διαλογισμῶν)
The combination only here. Ὁργὴ is used by Paul mostly of the righteous anger and the accompanying judgment of God against sin. As here, only in Eph 4:31; Col 3:8. Διαλογισμός in N.T. habitually in the plural, as here. The only exception is Luk 9:46, Luk 9:47. By Paul usually in the sense of disputatious reasoning. It may also mean sceptical questionings or criticisms as Phi 2:14. So probably here. Prayer, according to our writer, is to be without the element of sceptical criticism, whether of God's character and dealings, or of the character and behavior of those for whom prayer is offered.
1 Timothy 2:9
In like manner (ὡσαύτως)
The writer's thought is still running upon the public assemblies for worship.
Adorn themselves (κοσμεῖν ἑαυτάς)
Κοσμεῖν adorn, oP. Of female adornment, Pe1 3:5; Rev 21:2. In Mat 25:7, of trimming the lamps. From κοσμός order, so that the primary meaning is to arrange. Often in lxx and Class. Prominent in the writer's mind is the attire of women in church assemblies. Paul treats this subject Co1 11:5 ff.
In modest apparel (ἐν κατασψολῇ κοσμιῳ)
Καταστολή N.T.o. Once in lxx, Isa 61:3. Opinions differ as to the meaning. Some apparel, others guise or deportment = κατάστημα demeanour, Tit 2:3. There seems, on the whole, to be no sufficient reason for departing from the rendering of A.V. and Rev. Κοσμίῳ modest, seemly, Pasto. Note the word - play, κοσμεῖν κοσμίῳ.
With shamefacedness and sobriety (μετὰ αἰδοῦς καὶ σωφροσύνης)
Ἁιδώς N.T. (αἰδοῦς in Heb 12:28 is an incorrect reading). In earlier Greek, as in Homer, it sometimes blends with the sense of αἰσχύνη shame, though used also of the feeling of respectful timidity in the presence of superiors, or of penitent respect toward one who has been wronged (see Homer, Il. i. 23). Hence it is connected in Homer with military discipline (Il. v. 531). It is the feeling of a suppliant or an unfortunate in the presence of those from whom he seeks aid; of a younger man toward an older and wiser one. It is a feeling based upon the sense of deficiency, inferiority, or unworthiness. On the other hand, it is the feeling of a superior in position or fortune which goes out to an unfortunate. See Homer, Il. xxiv. 208; Od. xiv. 388; Soph. Oed. Col. 247. In the Attic period, a distinction was recognised between αἰσχύνη and αἰδώς: αἰδώς representing a respectful and reverent attitude toward another, while αἰσχύνη was the sense of shame on account of wrong doing. Thus, "one αἰδεῖται is respectful to his father, but αἰσχύνεται is ashamed because he has been drunk." Trench (N.T. Synon. xix.) remarks that "αἰδώς is the nobler word and implies the nobler motive. In it is involved an innate moral repugnance to the doing of the dishonorable act, which moral repugnance scarcely or not at all exists in the αἰσχύνη. Let the man who is restrained by αἰσχύνη alone be insured against the outward disgrace which he fears his act will entail, and he will refrain from it no longer." The A.V. shamefacedness is a corruption of the old English shamefastness. So Chaucer:
Knight's T. 2057.
"'Tis a blushing shamefast spirit that mutinies in a man's bosom."
Richard III. i. 4.
It is one of a large class of words, as steadfast, soothfast, rootfast, masterfast, handfast, bedfast, etc. Shamefaced changes and destroys the original force of the word, which was bound or made fast by an honorable shame. Σωφροσύνη sobrietys oP. Once in Acts, Act 26:25. The kindred verb σωφρονεῖν to be of sound mind, Rom 12:3-5; Co2 5:13; Tit 2:6. Several representatives of this family of words appear in the Pastorals, and with the exception of σωφροσύνη and σωφρονεῖν, nowhere else in N.T. Such are σωφρονίζειν to be soberminded (Tit 2:4); σωφρονισμός discipline (Ti2 1:7); σωφρόνως soberly (Tit 2:12); σώφρων soberminded (Ti1 3:2). The word is compounded of σάος or σῶς safe, sound, and φρήν mind. It signifies entire command of the passions and desires; a self-control which holds the rein over these. So Aristotle (Rhet. i. 9): The virtue by which we hold ourselves toward the pleasures of the body as. the law enjoins." Comp. 4 Macc. 1:31. Euripides calls it "the fairest gift of the gods" (Med. 632). That it appears so rarely in N.T. is, as Trench remarks, "not because more value was attached to it in heathen ethics than in Christian morality, but because it is taken up and transformed into a condition yet higher still, in which a man does not command himself, which is well, but, which is better still, is commanded by God." The words with shamefastness and sobriety may either be taken directly with adorn themselves, or better perhaps, as indicating moral qualities accompanying (μετὰ with) the modest apparel. Let them adorn themselves in modest apparel, having along with this shamefastness and sobermindedness.
With broidered hair (ἐν πλέγμασιν)
Lit. with plaitings. N.T.o. Rend. with braided hair. Broidered is a blunder owing to a confusion with broided, the older form of braided. So Chaucer:
"Hir yelow heer was broyded in a tresse,
Bihinde hir bak, a yerde long, I gesse."
Knight's T. 1049 f
Costly array (ἱματισμῷ πολυτελεῖ)
Neither word in Paul. Ἱματισμός, signifies clothing in general. Πολυτελής costly occurs only three times in N.T.
1 Timothy 2:10
In the sense of professing only in the Pastorals. In Tit 1:2, and everywhere else in N.T. it means promise. See Act 7:5; Rom 4:21; Gal 3:19, etc.
N.T.o. Several times in lxx. The adjective θεοσεβής worshipping God, Joh 9:31. It is = εὐσέβεια. See Ti1 2:2. Const. by good works with professing godliness: omit the parenthesis which - godliness; take which (ὅ) as = with that which (ἐν τούτῳ ὅ) and construe it with adorn. The whole will then read: "That women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefastness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array, but (adorn themselves) with that which becometh women professing godliness through good works."
1 Timothy 2:11
Comp. Co1 14:35.
In silence (ἐν ἡσυχίᾳ)
See on peaceable, Ti1 2:2. Rev. renders quietness; but the admonition concerns the behavior of women in religious assemblies. Comp. Co1 14:34. The word is used in the sense of silence, Act 22:2 : with the broader meaning quietness in Th2 3:12.
1 Timothy 2:12
Lit. turn over to; thence, permit. See Co1 14:34.
Usurp authority (αὐθεντεῖν)
N.T.o. olxx, oClass. It occurs in late ecclesiastical writers. The kindred noun αὐθέντης one who does a thing with his own hand, Wisd. 12:6, and also in Herodotus, Euripides, and Thucydides. Ἁυθεντία right, 3 Macc. 2:29. The verb means to do a thing one's self; hence, to exercise authority. The A.V. usurp authority is a mistake. Rend. to have or exercise dominion over.
1 Timothy 2:13
Was formed (ἐπλάσθη)
Comp. Rom 9:20. Strictly of one working in soft substances, as a potter in clay; moulding or shaping. Often in Class. and lxx.
1 Timothy 2:14
Was not deceived (οὐκ ἠπατήθη)
Once in Paul, Eph 5:6. Comp. Co2 11:3. Rev. beguiled. As it is evident that Adam was beguiled, the interpreters have tried many ways of explaining the expression, either by supplying πρῶτος first, or by saying (as Bengel) that the woman did not deceive the man, but persuaded him; or by supplying by the serpent, or so long as he was alone; or by saying that Eve was directly and Adam indirectly deceived.
Being deceived (ἐξαπατηθεῖσα)
Completely or thoroughly beguiled.
Was in the transgression (ἐν παραβάσει γέγονεν)
A.V. misses the force of γέγονεν. Γίνεσθαι ἐν often signifies the coming or falling into a condition, as Act 12:11; Act 22:17; Rev 1:10; Co1 2:3; Co2 3:7; Th1 2:5. Rend. hath fallen into transgression.
1 Timothy 2:15
She shall be saved in childbearing (σωθήσεται διὰ τῆς τεκνογονίας)
Better, "through the childbearing." (1) Saved is used in the ordinary N.T. sense. (2) She shall be saved is set over against hath fallen into transgression. (3) It is difficult to see what is the peculiar saving virtue of childbearing. (4) The subject of σωθήσεται shall be saved is the same as that of ἐν παραβάσει γέγονεν hath fallen into transgression. A common explanation is that γυνή is to be taken in its generic sense as referring to all Christian mothers, who will be saved in fulfilling their proper destiny and acquiescing in all the conditions of a Christian woman's life, instead of attempting to take an active part as teachers or otherwise in public religious assemblies. On the other hand, the woman, Eve, may be regarded as including all the Christian mothers. Notice the change to the plural, "if they continue." She, though she fell into transgression, shall be saved "by the childbearing" (Gen 3:15); that is, by the relation in which the woman stood to the Messiah. This seems to be the better explanation. Τεκνογονία child bearing, N.T.o. olxx, oClass. Comp. τεκνογονεῖν to bear children, Ti1 5:14. The expression is utterly un-Pauline.
If they continue (ἐὰν μείνωσιν)
They, the woman regarded collectively or as including her descendants. The promise does not exempt them from the cultivation of Christian virtues and the discharge of Christian duties.
A Pauline word; but the triad, faith, love, sanctification, is unique in N.T.