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1 Timothy 2:12

    1 Timothy 2:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    In my opinion it is right for a woman not to be a teacher, or to have rule over a man, but to be quiet.

    Webster's Revision

    But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.

    World English Bible

    But I don't permit a woman to teach, nor to exercise authority over a man, but to be in quietness.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness.

    Definitions for 1 Timothy 2:12

    Usurp - To seize and take hold of.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 2:12

    Nor to usurp authority - A woman should attempt nothing, either in public or private, that belongs to man as his peculiar function. This was prohibited by the Roman laws: In multis juris nostri articulis deterior est conditio foeminarum quam masculorun,; l. 9, Pap. Lib. 31, Quaest. Foeminoe ab omnibus officiis civilibus vel publicis remotae sunt; et ideo nec judicis esse possunt, nec magistratum gerere, nec postulare, nec pro alio invenire, nec procuratores existere; l. 2, de Reg. Juris. Ulp. Lib. i. Ad Sab. - Vid. Poth. Pand. Justin., vol. i. p. 13.

    "In our laws the condition of women is, in many respects, worse than that of men. Women are precluded from all public offices; therefore they cannot be judges, nor execute the function of magistrates; they cannot sue, plead, nor act in any case, as proxies." They were under many other disabilities, which may be seen in different places of the Pandects.

    But to be in silence - It was lawful for men in public assemblies to ask questions, or even interrupt the speaker when there was any matter in his speech which they did not understand; but this liberty was not granted to women. See the note on 1 Corinthians 14:34, 1 Corinthians 14:35 (note).

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 2:12

    But I suffer not a woman to teach - see the notes on 1 Corinthians 14:34.

    Nor to usurp authority over the man - notes, 1 Corinthians 11:3.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 2:12

    2:12 To usurp authority over the man - By public teaching.