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1 Timothy 4:9

It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance.


Adam Clarke Commentary

This is a faithful saying - The truth of this doctrine none need doubt; and every man has it in his power to put this to the proof. See on 1 Timothy 1:15; (note).


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/1-timothy-4.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

This is a faithful saying - see the notes on 1 Timothy 1:15.


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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/1-timothy-4.html. 1870.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation.

Commentators are sharply divided on whether this applies to the preceding 1 Timothy 4:8, or to the following 1 Timothy 4:10. The view preferred here sees it as applicable to the preceding verse, above. As Lenski expressed it:

This saying is identical with the dictum in 1 Timothy 1:15, and does not seal what follows, but what precedes ... (It carries the idea) Trust it or not; it is and remains worthy of all acceptation.[22]SIZE>

ENDNOTE:

[22] R. C. H. Lenski, op. cit., p. 636.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/1-timothy-4.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

This is a faithful saying,.... A true one, and to be believed, that godliness has such promises annexed to it; see 1 Peter 3:10.

and worthy of all acceptation; by all godly persons, to encourage them to the exercise of godliness.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/1-timothy-4.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

13 This [is] a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

(13) He goes a little from his matter, and shows that those who give themselves to godliness, even though they are afflicted and reproached, are nonetheless not to be considered miserable as other men are, because they are not afflicted for that reason that other men are, and the end of them both is far different one from the other. For how can God forsake his own, who is bountiful even towards his enemies? And he wishes that this doctrine is well learned by them.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/1-timothy-4.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

(1 Timothy 1:15). This verse (Greek), “faithful is the saying,” etc. confirms the assertion as to the “promise” attached to “godliness,” 1 Timothy 4:8, and forms a prefatory introduction to 1 Timothy 4:10, which is joined to 1 Timothy 4:9 by “For.” So 2 Timothy 2:11. Godly men seem to suffer loss as to this life: Paul hereby refutes the notion [Bengel]. “God is the Savior specially of those that believe” (1 Timothy 4:10), both as to “the life that now is,” and also as to “the life which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/1-timothy-4.html. 1871-8.

Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

See note on 1 Timothy 1:15 for these very words, but here the phrase points to the preceding words, not to the following as there.


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/1-timothy-4.html. Broadman Press 1932,33. Renewal 1960.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

9This is a faithful saying He now sets down, at the conclusion of the argument, what he stated twice at the beginning of it; and he appears to do so expressly, because he will immediately subjoin the contrary objection. Yet it is not without good reason that he employs so strong an assertion; for it is a paradox strongly at variance with the feeling of the flesh, that God supplies his people, in this world, with everything that is necessary for a happy and joyful life; since they are often destitute of all good things, and, on that account, appear to be forsaken by God. Accordingly, not satisfied with the simple doctrine, he wards off all opposing temptations by this shield, and in this manner instructs believers to open the door to the grace of God, which our unbelief shuts out; for, undoubtedly if we were willing to receive God’s benefits, (75) he would use greater liberality toward us.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/1-timothy-4.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

Ver. 9. This is a faithful saying] And yet who hath believed our report? The promises are good freehold, and yet little looked after. Godliness hath but cold entertainment, because she lives much upon reversions.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/1-timothy-4.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

1 Timothy 4:9. This is a faithful saying, St. Paul has used this expression four times; 1 Timothy 1:15. 2 Timothy 2:11. Titus 3:8 and here. They were all matters of certain truth and great importance; and the apostle used the expression to call up men's attention to them, as things of great consequence. Concerning the most important of them, he has added as here, that they are worthy of universal acceptation. The interesting truth particularly to which he here calls upon all men to attend, is, That Godliness is profitable, &c. The three grand principles of religion are, 1 a God, a Providence,—2 a Christ, a Mediator,—and, 3 a Future State. Without these, religion could not subsist; and the apostle, in the next verse, plainly intimates, that these principles were his support under afflictions, animating him to zeal and diligence in active service.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/1-timothy-4.html. 1801-1803.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

Note, That this phrase of a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, used here, was used before, 1 Timothy 1:15. That Christ came into the world to save sinners.

Learn thence, That this proposition, that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, and this, that such sinners as of ungodly will become godly, and persevere in the practice of godliness, shall be happy in the life that now is, and that which is to come; these two propositions are faithful and remarkable sayings, worthy of the acceptation of all reasonable creatures.

Note farther, that the belief of this proposition, that godliness has the promise of this and the next life, will cause all Christians, as it did St. Paul, to labour in the work of God, to suffer reproach in the cause of God, and this without weariness and fainting.

Note, lastly, The title given to Almighty God, The Saviour of all men; that is, the preserver of all men, but especially of all good men, when their temporal preservation conduces most to the advantage of his glory and their good: or if it be understood of eternal salvation, we must take it thus; that he publishes and proclains, offers and tenders, salvation to all men, although believers only are actually saved, because they only accept the offers and conditions of salvation.


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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/1-timothy-4.html. 1700-1703.

Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

9.] Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation (see on ch. 1 Timothy 1:15. The words refer to what follows, not as Heinr. to ch. 1 Timothy 3:16, nor as De W., Huther, Wies., al., to what went immediately before: see on γάρ below. The connexion is with καὶ τῆς μελλούσης. Piety has the promise of that life attached to it, according to the well-known Christian saying which follows. Otherwise 1 Timothy 4:10 comes in disjointedly and unaccountably): for ( γάρ is introduced from a mixture of two constructions, rendering a reason for καὶ τῆς μελλούσης, as if πιστὸς ὁ λόγος had not been inserted. We have the same construction in 2 Timothy 2:11, where Huther, though he regards the γάρ as decisive against it here, refers the πιστὸς ὁ λόγος to what follows) to this end (viz. the σωτηρία implied in that which follows, introduced by ὅτι,—as in reff.: thus alone can the saying as a πιστὸς λόγος cohere together: and so Thdrt., Thl., Beza, Grot., Beng., Mosh., Wegsch., Leo, Wahl:—not, as De W., Huther, Ellic., al., for the obtaining of the promise mentioned above (De W. claims Thdrt. and Bengel for this meaning, but wrongly: the former says, τί δηποτε, &c. εἰ μὴ τίς ἐστι τῶν πόνων ἀντίδοσις; ὰλλὰ γάρ ἐστιν ἀντίδοσις. ἀΐδιος γὰρ θεὸς ἀγωνοθετεῖ τοῖς ἀθλοῦσι, καὶ πάντων ἐστὶν ἀνθρώπων σωτὴρ κ. τ. λ.; and the latter, ‘hoc nomine, hoc fine, hac spe,’ referring to ἠλπίκαμεν)) we (Christians in general) [both] toil (more than labour ( ἐργαζόμεθα): it gives the idea of ‘toil and moil:’ see reff.) and suffer reproach (climax: we might toil and be had in honour, but as it is, we have both fatigue and shame to bear. The reading ἀγωνιζόμεθα is very strongly supported, but appears to have been introduced from Colossians 1:29), because we have fixed our hope (the same perfect occurs John 5:45; 2 Corinthians 1:10; ch. 1 Timothy 5:5, 1 Timothy 6:17; it refers to the time when the strong resolve and waiting began, and to its endurance since that time) on (for construction see reff., and Ellicott’s note here. Thus in Polyb. i. 12. 6, τὰςἀγοράςἐφʼ οἷς εἶχον τὰς μεγίστας ἐλπίδας) the living (inserted for emphasis and solemnity, to bring out the fact that the God in whom we trust is a veritable personal agent, not a creature of the imagination) God, who is the Saviour of all men (cf. ch. 1 Timothy 2:4; Titus 2:11; His will is that all men should be saved, and He has made full and sufficient provision for the salvation of all: so that, as far as salvation stands in Him, He is the Saviour of all men. And it is in virtue of this universality of salvation offered by God, that we have rested our hopes on Him and become πιστοί), especially them that believe (in these alone does that universal salvation, which God has provided, become actual. He is the same σωτήρ towards and of all: but these alone appropriate His σωτηρία. Bengel rightly observes, ‘Latet nervus argumenti a minori ad majus:’ but he applies the σωτὴρ πάντων to this life, and μάλιστα πιστῶν to the life to come. So also Chrys.: εἰ δὲ τοὺς ἀπίστους σώζει ἐνταῦθα, πολλῷ μᾶλλον τοὺς πιστοὺς ἐκεῖ. But this does not seem to suit the context, nor the higher sense to which σωτήρ is every where in the N. T. confined, and most especially in these Epistles, where it occurs very frequently. The true ‘argumentum a minori ad majus’ lies in this—“if God be thus willing for all to be saved, how much more shall he save them that put their trust in Him.” For the expression, see reff., and especially Galatians 6:10).


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Alford, Henry. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/1-timothy-4.html. 1863-1878.

Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

1 Timothy 4:9 serves to strengthen the expression immediately preceding (not the thought in 1 Timothy 3:16, against Heinrichs), whereas in 1 Timothy 1:15 (comp. also 1 Timothy 3:1) the same words refer to what follows. The γάρ in 1 Timothy 4:10 prevents us from connecting them with what comes next. It is no less unsuitable to refer them, as Hofmann does, to the ὅτι following, and to regard εἰς τοῦτο … as a parenthesis. This connection is opposed not only by the harshness of the construction, but also by the consideration that, as a matter of fact, the conduct of the Christian, viz. ἠλπικέναι κ. τ. λ., needed for Timothy no such confirmation as is given in these words.(162)


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Meyer, Heinrich. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/1-timothy-4.html. 1832.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

1 Timothy 4:9. πιστὸς, faithful) The following verse is joined to this short preface by the for, as in 2 Timothy 2:11. Godly men appear often to suffer loss with respect to the enjoyment of the present life. Paul refutes this notion.


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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/1-timothy-4.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

This saying about the advantage of godliness is true, and worthy to be received of all men. See the notes on 1 Timothy 1:15, where the same words are applied to the great proposition of the gospel: That Christ came into the world to save sinners. That Christ came into the world to save sinners, and that such sinners as from ungodly will become godly, and persevere in the practice of godliness, shall be happy in this life, and saved in the life to come, are two faithful and remarkable sayings, worthy the acceptation of all reasonable creatures.


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/1-timothy-4.html. 1685.

Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

9. πιστὸς ὁ λόγος καὶ πάσ. ἀπ. ἄξ. See above on 1 Timothy 1:15. It is not certain what the reference is. This formula refers without doubt to what follows in 1 Timothy 1:15, and equally without doubt to what precedes in Titus 3:8. Hence its reference in any given instance must be determined by the context. On the whole it seems more natural here to understand it of the saying at the close of 1 Timothy 4:8 about the blessings of εὐσέβεια. 1 Timothy 4:10 does not read like a familiar or proverbial saying, and the γάρ after εἰς τοῦτο seems to be explanatory. (Yet compare 2 Timothy 2:11.)


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"Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/1-timothy-4.html. 1896.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

9. This—The value of godliness for either life. Note on 1 Timothy 1:15.


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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/1-timothy-4.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptance,’

Paul now comes to his third ‘faithful saying’, and the second that is worthy of all acceptance. The first pointed to the fact that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, which was worthy of all acceptance (1 Timothy 1:15). The second declared that he who sought to be an overseer over the church of God sought a good work (1 Timothy 3:1). The third declares that we must labour and strive after godliness because we have our heart set on the living God, so that we might enjoy His full salvation. And this too is worthy of all acceptance.

The phrase has previously always preceded the saying referred to, and we must therefore assume that it is the same here. Note the change in 1 Timothy 4:10 from ‘you’ to ‘we’ which may be seen as serving to confirm this, although it is not precisely so for here the saying in 1 Timothy 4:10 leans on what is said in 1 Timothy 4:8. The ‘end’ described is the same as that already mentioned in 1 Timothy 4:8.


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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/1-timothy-4.html. 2013.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

The "trustworthy statement" Paul referred to here seems to have been what he had just said ( 1 Timothy 4:8). Several schools of philosophy in Paul"s day denigrated the excessive physical conditioning that many Greek young men practiced. [Note: Kelly, p100.] They believed the development of the inner man was more important. So perhaps this "trustworthy statement" was one that they had popularized. Paul agreed with this viewpoint whatever its source may have been.


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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/1-timothy-4.html. 2012.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

1 Timothy 4:9. This is a faithful saying. At first it might seem as if the words referred to what had immediately preceded, and it is possible that they do so here; but the rule in all other cases is that they precede the truth to which they refer, and the verse that follows is sufficiently axiomatic in its substance to have the character of a ‘faithful saying.’


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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/1-timothy-4.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

1 Timothy 4:9. πιστὸςἄξιος: This is parenthetical and retrospective. The teaching of 1 Timothy 4:8 is the λόγος. So Chrys.


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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/1-timothy-4.html. 1897-1910.

Mark Dunagan Commentary on the Bible

“It is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance”:

The statement under consideration is the statement that godliness is profitable for all things. This is a true saying and one that can be trusted, and one which everyone needs to embrace with full acceptance. This also infers that there are sayings (in the world) that are not faithful, that should be rejected. “Those who have faith have found this saying trustworthy, and it is worth all men’s while to accept it” (Hiebert p. 83).


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Dunagan, Mark. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Mark Dunagan Commentaries on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dun/1-timothy-4.html. 1999-2014.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

faithful, &c. See 1 Timothy 1:15.

and. Omit.

acceptation. See 1 Timothy 1:15.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/1-timothy-4.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

These 'faithful sayings' (1 Timothy 1:15; 1 Timothy 3:1; 2 Timothy 2:11) are samples of the prophesyings or inspired utterances of the apostolic Church: 1 Timothy 4:1 refers to them: they here take the place of Old Testament quotations in the other letter. This verse confirms 1 Timothy 4:8, and introduces 1 Timothy 4:10, which is joined to 1 Timothy 4:9 by "for." So 2 Timothy 2:11. Godly men seem to lose in this life; but "God, is the Saviour specially of those that believe" (1 Timothy 4:10), both as to "the life that now is," and as to 'the life to come' (1 Timothy 4:8). Mark 10:30 combines and harmonizes 1 Timothy 4:9 with 2 Timothy 3:12 : "an hundredfold now in this time ... with persecutions" (Proverbs 11:4). Mingled blessedness here; unmingled blessedness hereafter.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/1-timothy-4.html. 1871-8.

The Bible Study New Testament

This is a true saying. What he just said in 1 Timothy 4:8.


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Ice, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "The Bible Study New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/1-timothy-4.html. College Press, Joplin, MO. 1974.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(9) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.—Again we have the striking formula which always calls attention to some great truth which, in the Church of the first days, had already obtained among the congregations a broad, if not a universal currency, as one of the great watchwords of the faith. Now we find one of these taken apparently from a Christian hymn, now from one of the public prayers or thanksgivings. The “faithful saying,” in this instance, was that “godliness,” that is, “active, living piety,” is profitable for all things, seeing it has the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.


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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/1-timothy-4.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-timothy-4.html.

1 Timothy 4:9 This [is] a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

"this is a faithful saying" This text seems to refer back to the preceding

"worthy of all acceptation" In short all of us should accept verses 7 & 8 and then do something about it. Not only should we accept them, so should the entire church.

How do we exercise unto godliness?

This is in contrast to physical exercise. Let"s look at physical exercise first.

1. You do more than just natural everyday things. If you walk around the block every evening then when you start exercising you walk around the block several times.

2. You do your exercise until you"re tired, then a little bit more.

3. You do it on a regular basis or it is worthless.

4. You discipline yourself to it. You force yourself to do it even when you don"t want to.

5. You look for and get results.

Quite often after months of forcing yourself you find that you enjoy it and look forward to it and promise yourself that you won"t miss it.

Now, Godly exercise is the same. We have to work at it - on a regular basis and we must discipline ourselves to it. We then see results.

We may even see the day that we enjoy it and look forward to improving our relationship to the Lord.

When is the last time you were physically exhausted from studying the Bible and prayer?

The above 5 should be true of each one of us every day.

Not only should we be profiting from godliness, we have good reason to seek it.

IIII. REASON FOR GODLINESS


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Derickson, Stanley. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:9". "Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sdn/1-timothy-4.html.

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