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1 Timothy 5:14

    1 Timothy 5:14 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, give no occasion to the adversary for reviling:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So it is my desire that the younger widows may be married and have children, controlling their families, and giving the Evil One no chance to say anything against them,

    Webster's Revision

    I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, give no occasion to the adversary for reviling:

    World English Bible

    I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for insulting.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, give none occasion to the adversary for reviling:

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:14

    I will therefore that the younger women marry - As the preceding discourse has been about the younger widows, and this is an inference from it; it is most evident that by the younger women the apostle means the young widows. These he considers unfit for the office of the female diaconate, and therefore wills them to marry, educate children, and give themselves wholly up to domestic affairs. Here the apostle, so far from forbidding second marriages, positively enjoins or at least recommends them. And what man of sense could have done otherwise in the cases he mentions? It is no sin in any case to marry, bear children, and take care of a family; but it is a sin in every case to be idle persons, gadders about, tattlers, busybodies, sifting out and detailing family secrets, etc., etc. The good sentiment, put by an able poet and pious divine into the mouths of little children, cannot be ill applied to multitudes of women, mothers, and grandmothers: - "See how the little busy bee Improves each shining hour, And gathers honey all the day From every opening flower! In works of labor or of skill, We should be busy too; For Satan finds some mischief, still, For idle hands to do." Dr. Watts.

    The adversary - Any person, whether Jew or Gentile, who might be watching for an occasion to reproach, through the misconduct of its professors, the cause of Christianity.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 5:14

    I will therefore - I give it as my opinion; or this is my counsel; compare notes, 1 Corinthians 7:6, 1 Corinthians 7:10, 1 Corinthians 7:40.

    That the younger women marry - The word "women" is not expressed or necessarily implied in the original - neooteras - - and it is evident that the apostle here had particular reference to "widows," and that the injunction should be understood as relating to them. We are not to suppose that he gives this as an absolute and universal command, for it might not always be at the option of the widow to marry again, and it cannot be doubted that there may be cases where it would be unadvisable. But he speaks of this as a general rule. It is better for such persons to have domestic concerns that require their attention, than it is to be exposed to the evils of an idle life. We may learn from this:

    (1) that second marriages are not improper or unlawful, but that in some circumstances they may be preferable to widowhood;

    (2) that marriage itself is in a high degree honorable. How different are the views of the inspired apostle Paul about marriage from those of the Papists!

    Bear children, guide the house - These words signify, says Bloomfield, to "exercise and occupy themselves in the duties of a wife." It is better to be employed in the duties growing out of the cares of a family, than to lead a life of celibacy.

    Give none occasion to the adversary - The enemy of religion - the pagan or the infidel.

    To speak reproachfully - Margin, "for their railing." That is, on account of a life which would do no honor to religion. In the performance of domestic duties, when fully employed, they would avoid the evils specified in 1 Timothy 5:13. Every one who professes religion should so live as to give no occasion to an infidel or a man of the world to speak reproachfully of the cause of the Redeemer.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 5:14

    5:14 I counsel therefore the younger women - Widows or virgins, such as are not disposed to live single. To marry, to bear children, to guide the family - Then will they have sufficient employment of their own. And give no occasion of reproach to the adversary - Whether Jew or heathen.

    Verses Related to 1 Timothy 5:14

    2 Corinthians 6:14 - Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
    Matthew 12:25 - And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
    Colossians 3:19 - Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.