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1 Timothy 4

 

 

Introduction
1He foretells that in the latter times there shall be a departure from the faith.
6And to the end that Timothy might not fail in doing his duty, he furnishes him with divers precepts, belonging thereto.

Verse 1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
the Spirit
John 16:13; Acts 13:2; 28:25; 1 Corinthians 12:11; 1 John 2:18; Revelation 2:7,11,17,29; Revelation 3:6,13,22
expressly
Ezekiel 1:3
the latter
Numbers 24:14; Deuteronomy 4:30; 32:29; Isaiah 2:2; Jeremiah 48:47; 49:39; Ezekiel 38:16; Daniel 10:14; Hosea 3:5; Micah 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:1-9; 1 Peter 1:20; 2 Peter 3:3; Jude 1:4,18
depart
Daniel 11:35; Matthew 24:5-12; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; 4:4
seducing
Genesis 3:3-5,13; 1 Kings 22:22,23; 2 Chronicles 18:19-22; 2 Corinthians 11:3,13-15; 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 2 Timothy 3:13; 2 Peter 2:1; Revelation 9:2-11; 13:14; 16:14; 18:2,23; Revelation 19:20; 20:2,3,8,10
and doctrines
Daniel 11:35-38; 1 Corinthians 8:5,6; 10:20; Colossians 2:18; Acts 17:18; Revelation 9:20; *Gr:

Verse 2
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
lies
1 Kings 13:18; 22:22; Isaiah 9:15; Jeremiah 5:21; 23:14,32; Daniel 8:23-25; Matthew 7:15; Matthew 24:24; Acts 20:30; Romans 16:18; Ephesians 4:14; 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 Peter 2:1-3; Revelation 16:14
their
Romans 1:28; Ephesians 4:19

Verse 3
Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
Forbidding
Daniel 11:37; 1 Corinthians 7:28,36-39; Hebrews 13:4
to abstain
Romans 14:3,17; 1 Corinthians 8:8; Colossians 2:20-23; Hebrews 13:9
which
Genesis 1:29,30; 9:3; Ecclesiastes 5:18; Acts 10:13-15; 1 Corinthians 6:13
with
4; 1 Samuel 9:13; Matthew 14:19; 15:36; Luke 24:30; John 6:23; Acts 27:35; Romans 14:6; 1 Corinthians 10:30,31; Colossians 3:17
believe
2:4; John 8:31,32; 2 Thessalonians 2:13,14

Verse 4
For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
every
Genesis 1:31; Deuteronomy 32:4
and
Acts 11:7-9; 15:20,21,29; 21:25; Romans 14:14,20; 1 Corinthians 10:23,25

Verse 5
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
it
3; Luke 11:41; 1 Corinthians 7:14; Titus 1:15
the
Luke 4:4

Verse 6
If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.
thou put
Acts 20:31,35; Romans 15:15; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Timothy 1:6; 2:14; 2 Peter 1:12-15; 3:1,2; Jude 1:5
a good
Matthew 13:52; 1 Corinthians 4:1,2; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 6:4; Ephesians 6:21; Colossians 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:15
nourished
Jeremiah 15:16; Ephesians 4:15,16; Colossians 2:19; 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Peter 2:2
good doctrine
1:10; 4:16; 6:3; Psalms 19:7; *marg:; Proverbs 4:2; John 7:16,17; 2 Timothy 4:3; Titus 2:1,7-10; 2 John 1:9
thou hast
Philippians 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:14

Verse 7
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
refuse
1:4; 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16,23; 4:4; Titus 1:14; 3:9
exercise
1:4; 2:10; 3:16; 6:11; Acts 24:16; 2 Timothy 3:12; Titus 2:12; Hebrews 5:14; 2 Peter 1:5-8

Verse 8
For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.
bodily
1 Samuel 15:22; Psalms 50:7-15; Isaiah 1:11-16; 58:3-5; Jeremiah 6:20; Amos 5:21-24; 1 Corinthians 8:8; Colossians 2:21-23; Hebrews 13:9
little
or, for a little time.
Hebrews 9:9,10
godliness
6:6; Job 22:2; Titus 3:8
having
Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Job 5:19-26; Psalms 37:3,4,16-19,29; 84:11; 91:10-16; Psalms 112:1-3; 128:1-6; 145:19; Proverbs 3:16-18; Ecclesiastes 8:12; Isaiah 3:10; 32:17,18; Isaiah 33:16; 65:13,14; Matthew 5:3-12; 6:33; 19:29; Mark 10:19,20; Luke 12:31; Luke 12:32; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 3:22; 2 Peter 1:3,4; 1 John 2:25; Revelation 3:12,21

Verse 9
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.
1:15

Verse 10
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
therefore
1 Corinthians 4:9-13; 2 Corinthians 4:8-10; 6:3-10; 11:23-27; 2 Timothy 2:9,10; 3:10-12; Hebrews 11:26; 13:13; 1 Peter 4:14,15
because
6:17; Psalms 37:40; 52:8; 84:12; 118:8; Isaiah 12:2; 50:10; Jeremiah 17:7; Daniel 3:28; Nahum 1:7; Matthew 27:43; Romans 15:12,13; 1 Peter 1:21
the living
3:15
the saviour
2:4,6; Psalms 36:6; 107:2,6-43; Isaiah 45:21,22; John 1:29; 3:15-17; 1 John 2:2; 4:14
specially
John 5:24; 1 John 5:10-13

Verse 11
These things command and teach.
6:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:15; 3:8

Verse 12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
no
Matthew 18:10; 1 Corinthians 16:10,11; 2 Timothy 2:7,15,22
be thou
1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:10; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-9; Titus 2:7; 1 Peter 5:3
in word
2 Corinthians 6:4-17; Philippians 4:8; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 3:13,17; 2 Peter 1:5-8

Verse 13
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
I come
3:14,15
to reading
Deuteronomy 17:19; Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2,3; 119:97-104; Proverbs 2:4,5; Matthew 13:51,52; John 5:39; Acts 6:4; 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15-17
to exhortation
Romans 12:8; 1 Corinthians 14:3; Titus 2:15
to doctrine
6,16; 1 Corinthians 14:6,26; 2 Timothy 4:2

Verse 14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
Neglect
Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:12-26; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:9-11
which
1:18
with
5:22; Acts 6:6; 8:17; 13:3; 19:6; 2 Timothy 1:6

Verse 15
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.
Meditate
Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2; 19:14; 49:3; 63:6; 77:12; 104:34; 105:5; 119:15,23,48; Psalms 119:97,99,148; 143:5
give
Acts 6:4; 1 Corinthians 16:15; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 8:5; Titus 2:14
that
6; Matthew 5:16; Philippians 2:15,16
to all
or, in all things.

Verse 16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
Take
1 Chronicles 28:10; 2 Chronicles 19:6; Mark 13:9; Luke 21:34; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 3:10,11; Colossians 4:17; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 2:7,15; Hebrews 12:15; 2 John 1:8
unto the
6; 1:3; Romans 16:17; Ephesians 4:14; Titus 2:7; Hebrews 13:9; 2 John 1:9
continue
Acts 6:4; 26:22; Romans 2:7; 2 Timothy 3:14; Titus 1:9
thou shalt
Ezekiel 3:19-21; 33:7-9; Acts 20:26,27; 1 Corinthians 9:27
them
Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 23:22; Romans 10:10-14; 11:14; 1 Corinthians 9:22; 1 Thessalonians 2:16,19,20; 2 Timothy 2:10; Philemon 1:19; James 5:20

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-timothy-4.html.

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