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1 Timothy 1:19

    1 Timothy 1:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Keeping faith, and being conscious of well-doing; for some, by not doing these things, have gone wrong in relation to the faith:

    Webster's Revision

    holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:

    World English Bible

    holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:19

    Holding faith - All the truths of the Christian religion, firmly believing them, and fervently proclaiming them to others.

    And a good conscience - So holding the truth as to live according to its dictates, that a good conscience may be ever preserved. As the apostle had just spoken of the Christian's warfare, so he here refers to the Christian armor, especially to the shield and breastplate; the shield of faith, and the breastplate of righteousness. See on Ephesians 6:13, etc., (note), and 1 Thessalonians 5:8 (note).

    Which some having put away - Απωσαμενοι· Having thrust away; as a fool-hardy soldier might his shield and his breastplate, or a mad sailor his pilot, helm, and compass.

    Concerning faith - The great truths of the Christian religion.

    Have made shipwreck - Being without the faith, that only infallible system of truth; and a good conscience, that skillful pilot, that steady and commanding helm, that faithful and invariable loadstone; have been driven to and fro by every wind of doctrine, and, getting among shoals, quicksands, and rocks, have been shipwrecked and ingulfed.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 1:19

    Holding faith - Fidelity to the cause in which you are enlisted - as a good soldier should do. This does not mean, as it seems to me, that Timothy should hold to the system of doctrines revealed in the gospel, but that he should have that fidelity which a good soldier should have. He should not betray his trust. He should adhere to the cause of his master with unwavering steadfastness. This would include, of course, a belief of the truth, but this is not the leading idea in the phrase.

    And a good conscience - see the notes, Acts 23:1. A good conscience, as well as fidelity, is necessary in the service of the Redeemer. A good conscience is that which is well informed in regard to what is right, and where its dictates are honestly followed.

    Which some having put away - That is, which good conscience some have put from them, or in other words, have not followed its dictates. The truth thus taught is, that people make shipwreck of their faith by not keeping a good conscience. They love sin. They follow the leadings of passion. They choose to indulge in carnal propensities. As a matter of course, they must, if they will do this, reject and renounce the gospel. People become infidels because they wish to indulge in sin. No man can be a sensualist, and yet love that gospel which enjoins purity of life. If people would keep a good conscience, the way to a steady belief in the gospel would be easy. If people will not, they must expect sooner or later to be landed in infidelity.

    Concerning faith - In respect to the whole subject of faith. They are unfaithful to God, and they reject the whole system of the gospel. "Faith" is sometimes used to denote the gospel - as faith is the principal thing in the gospel.

    Have made shipwreck - There is an entire destruction of faith - as a ship is wholly ruined that strikes on a rock and sinks.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 1:19

    1:19 Holding fast faith - Which is as a most precious liquor. And a good conscience - Which is as a clean glass. Which - Namely, a good conscience. Some having thrust away - It goes away unwillingly it always says, Do not hurt me. And they who retain this do not make shipwreck of their faith. Indeed, none can make shipwreck of faith who never had it. These, therefore, were once true believers: yet they fell not only foully, but finally; for ships once wrecked cannot be afterwards saved.