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1 Timothy 2

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Bible part  New Testament
Category  Pauline epistles
Order in the Bible part  15
1 Timothy 2

Book  First Epistle to Timothy

1 Timothy 2 is the second chapter of the First Epistle to Timothy in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. It is authored by Paul the Apostle.



  • The original text is written in Koine Greek.
  • Some most ancient manuscripts containing this chapter are:
  • Codex Sinaiticus (AD 330-360)
  • Codex Alexandrinus (ca. AD 400-440)
  • Codex Freerianus (ca. AD 450; extant: verses 1, 9-13)
  • Codex Claromontanus (ca. AD 550)
  • Codex Coislinianus (ca. AD 550)
  • This chapter is divided into 15 verses.
  • Structure

    This chapter can be grouped (with cross references to other parts of the Bible):

  • 1 Timothy 2:1-7 = Pray for All Men
  • 1 Timothy 2:8-15 = Men and Women in the Church
  • Verse 12

    New King James Version

    And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence.
  • But I suffer not a woman to teach,
  • &c,] They may teach in private, in their own houses and families; they are to be teachers of good things, ( Titus 2:3 ) . They are to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord; nor is the law or doctrine of a mother to be forsaken, any more than the instruction of a father; see ( Proverbs 1:8 ) ( 31:1-4 ) . Timothy, no doubt, received much advantage, from the private teachings and instructions of his mother Eunice, and grandmother Lois; but then women are not to teach in the church; for that is an act of power and authority, and supposes the persons that teach to be of a superior degree, and in a superior office, and to have superior abilities to those who are taught by them:

  • nor to usurp authority over the man;
  • as not in civil and political things, or in things relating to civil government; and in things domestic, or the affairs of the family; so not in things ecclesiastical, or what relate to the church and government of it; for one part of rule is to feed the church with knowledge and understanding; and for a woman to take upon her to do this, is to usurp an authority over the man: this therefore she ought not to do,

  • but to be in silence;
  • to sit and hear quietly and silently, and learn, and not teach, as in (1 Timothy 2:11).

    Verse 13

    New King James Version

    For Adam was formed first, then Eve.


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