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1 Timothy 6:19

    1 Timothy 6:19 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Making ready for themselves a safe place for the time to come, so that the true life may be theirs.

    Webster's Revision

    laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.

    World English Bible

    laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 6:19

    Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation - St. Paul seems to have borrowed this form of speech from Tobit. See 4:8, 9: If thou hast abundance, give alms accordingly: if thou hast but a little, be not afraid to give according to that little: for thou treasurest up a good reward for thyself against the day of necessity. Θεμα ραρ αγαθον θησαυριζεις σεαυτω εις ἡμεραν αναγκης. The apostle says: Αποθησαυριζοντας ἑαυτοις θεμελιον καλον εις το μελλον, ἱνα επιλαβωνται της αιωνιου ζωης "Treasuring up a good foundation to them for the future, that they may lay hold on eternal life." The sentiment is the same in both writers; the words nearly so; and the meaning is simply this, as it is judiciously paraphrased by Mr. J. Wesley in his note on this passage: "Treasuring up for themselves a good foundation, of an abundant reward by the free mercy of God, that they may lay hold on eternal life. This cannot be done by almsdeeds; yet, they come up for a memorial before God; Acts 10:4. And the lack even of this may be the cause why God will withhold grace and salvation from us." Christ has said: Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. They who have not been merciful according to their power, shall not obtain mercy; they that have, shall obtain mercy: and yet the eternal life which they obtain they look for from the mercy of God through Jesus Christ.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 6:19

    Laying up in store for themselves ... - The meaning of this verse is, that they were to make such a use of their property that it would contribute to their eternal welfare. It might be the means of exalted happiness and honor in heaven, if they would so use it as not to interfere with religion in the soul, and so as to do the most good possible. See the sentiment in this verse explained at length in the notes on Luke 16:9.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 6:19

    6:19 Treasuring up for themselves a good foundation - Of an abundant reward, by the free mercy of God. That they may lay hold on eternal life - This cannot be done by alms - deeds; yet they come up for a memorial before God, Acts 10:4. And the lack even of this may be the cause why God will withhold grace and salvation from us.