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1 Timothy 3:9

    1 Timothy 3:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Keeping the secret of the faith in a heart free from sin.

    Webster's Revision

    holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    World English Bible

    holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:9

    Holding the mystery of the faith - Instead of της πιστεως, the faith, one MS. (the readings of which are found in the margin of a copy of Mill's Greek text in the Bodleian library, and which is marked 61 in Griesbach) reads αναστασεως, of the resurrection. This reading, like many others in this MS., is found nowhere else; and is worthy of little regard, but as expressing what appeared to the writer to be the apostle's meaning. One of the greatest mysteries of the faith was undoubtedly the resurrection of the dead; and this was held in a pure conscience when the person so exercised himself as to have a conscience void of offense towards God and towards men. See Acts 24:16. What has been since called Antinomianism, that is, making void the moral law, by a pretended faith in the righteousness of Christ, is that which the apostle has here particularly in view.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 3:9

    Holding the mystery of the faith - On the word "mystery," see notes on 1 Corinthians 2:7. It means that which had been concealed, or hidden, but which was now revealed. The word "faith" here, is synonymous with "the gospel;" and the sense is, that he should hold firmly the great doctrines of the Christian religion which had been so long concealed from people, but which were now revealed. The reason is obvious. Though not a preacher, yet his influence and example would be great, and a man who held material error ought not to be in office.

    In a pure conscience - A mere orthodox faith was not all that was necessary, for it was possible that a man might be professedly firm in the belief of the truths of revelation, and yet be corrupt at heart.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 3:9

    3:9 Holding fast the faith in a pure conscience - Steadfast in faith, holy in heart and life.