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1 Timothy 1:8

    1 Timothy 1:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    We are conscious that the law is good, if a man makes a right use of it,

    Webster's Revision

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

    World English Bible

    But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 1:8

    But we know that the law is good - The law as given by God, is both good in itself and has a good tendency. This is similar to what the apostle had asserted, Romans 7:12-16 : The law is holy; and the commandment is holy, just, and good; see the note on Romans 7:12, etc.

    If a man use it lawfully - That is, interpret it according to its own spirit and design, and use it for the purpose for which God has given it; for the ceremonial law was a schoolmaster to lead us unto Christ, and Christ is the end of that law for justification to every one that believes. Now those who did not use the law in reference to these ends, did not use it lawfully - they did not construe it according to its original design and meaning.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 1:8

    But we know that the law is good - We admit this; it is that which we all concede. This declaration is evidently made by the apostle to guard against the supposition that he was an enemy of the law. Doubtless this charge would be brought against him, or against anyone who maintained the sentiments which he had just expressed. By speaking thus of what those teachers regarded as so important in the law, it would be natural for them to declare that he was an enemy of the law itself, and would be glad to see all its claims abrogated. Paul says that he designs no such thing. He admitted that the law was good. He was never disposed for one moment to call it in question. He only asked that it should be rightly understood and properly explained. Paul was never disposed to call in question the excellency and the utility of the law, however it might bear on him or on others; compare Romans 7:12 note, and Acts 21:21-26 notes.

    If a man use it lawfully - In a proper manner; for the purposes for which it was designed. It is intended to occupy a most important place, but it should not be perverted. Paul asked only that it should be used aright, and in order to this, he proceeds to state what is its true design.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 1:8

    1:8 We grant the whole Mosaic law is good, answers excellent purposes, if a man use it in a proper manner. Even the ceremonial is good, as it points to Christ; and the moral law is holy, just, and good, on its own nature; and of admirable use both to convince unbelievers, and to guide believers in all holiness.