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Bible Commentaries

Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

1 Timothy 4

Verse 1

Verse 1

Doctrines of devils; corrupt and wicked doctrines.

Verse 2

Verse 2

Seared with a hot iron; hardened to sin.

Verse 3

Verse 3

Forbidding, &c.; that is, enjoining self-imposed penances and mortifications, as a mode of obtaining the favor of God. There has been, in all ages of the church, a great tendency to this error.

Verse 7

Verse 7

Refuse; reject.--Old wives' fables; nursery tales, which can only please the merest children in religious knowledge.--Rather unto godliness, that is, to moral and spiritual purity, rather than outward sanctity, sought through self-inflicted mortification.

Verse 8

Verse 8

Bodily exercise; the training of the body to privations and hardships, as specified above.--Godliness; holiness of heart.

Verse 10

Verse 10

Who is the Savior of all men; inasmuch as he offers salvation to all.

Verse 12

Verse 12

Let no man despise thy youth; that is, let your life and conversation be such that they will not.

Verse 14

Verse 14

The gift; the ministerial office.--By prophecy; by divine direction.--The presbytery; the eldership, referring to those older than himself in the ministerial work, by whom he was solemnly inducted to the office.

Verse 15

Verse 15

Thy profiting; thy spiritual advancement and welfare.

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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ain/1-timothy-4.html. 1878.