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1 Timothy 6:15

    1 Timothy 6:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    which in its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Which at the right time he will make clear, who is the eternal and only Ruler, King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    Webster's Revision

    which in its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    World English Bible

    which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    which in its own times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

    Definitions for 1 Timothy 6:15

    Blessed - Happy.
    Potentate - One who possesses power.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 6:15

    Which in his times he shall show - Jesus will appear in the most proper time; the time which the infinite God in his wisdom has appointed for the second coming of his Son.

    The blessed and only Potentate - Δυναστης, Potentate, is applied to secular governors; but none of these can be styled ὁ μακαριος και μονος, the happy and only One; ὁ Βασιλευς των βασιλευοντων, the King of kings, or the King over all kings; and Κυριος των κυριευοντων, the Lord over all lords or rulers. These are titles which could not be given to any mortals. This is made more specific by the verse following.

    1 Timothy 6:15Ὁ μακαριος και μονος Δυναστης, ὁ Βασιλευς των βασιλευοντων, και Κυριος των κυριευοντων.

    The supreme Being is also styled the King of kings, and the Blessed, by Aeschylus in his tragedy of the Supplicants: -

    Αναξ ανακτων, μακαρων

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    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 6:15

    Which in his times he shall show - Which God will reveal at such times as he shall deem best. It is implied here that the time is unknown to people; see the notes on Acts 1:7.

    Who is the blessed and only Potentate - God, who is the ruler over all. The word used here - δυνάστης dunastēs - means one who is "mighty" Luke 1:22, then a prince or ruler; compare Acts 8:27. It is applied here to God as the mighty ruler over the universe.

    The King of kings - Who claims dominion over all the kings of the earth. In Revelation 7:14, the same appellation is applied to the Lord Jesus, ascribing to him universal dominion.

    Lord of lords - The idea here is, that all the sovereigns of the earth are under his sway; that none of them can prevent the accomplishment of his purposes; and that he can direct the winding up of human affairs when he pleases.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 6:15

    6:15 Which - Appearing. In his own times - The power, the knowledge, and the revelation of which, remain in his eternal mind.