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1 Timothy 2


 1 I (1) Exhort therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for (*) all men,


(1) Having dispatched those things which pertain to doctrine, he speaketh now in the second place of the other part of the ministry of the word, to wit, of public prayers. And first of all declaring this question, for whom we ought to pray, he teacheth that we must pray for all men, and especially for all manner of magistrates, which thing was at that time somewhat doubted of, seeing that kings, yea, and most part of the magistrates, were at that time enemies of the Church.

(*) That is, of every degree, and all sorts of people.


 2 For (*) Kings, and for all that are in authority, (2) that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life, in all godliness and (a) honesty.


(*) Although persecute the Church of God, so it be of ignorance; else if they do it maliciously, as Julianus Apostata, they may not be prayed for, Galatians 5:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:14; 1 John 5:16 .

(2) An argument taken of the end: to wit, because that magistrates are appointed to this end, that men might peaceably and quietly live in all godliness and honesty, and therefore must we commend them especially to God, that they may faithfully execute so necessary an office.
(a) This word containeth all kind of duty, which is to be used amongst men in all their affairs.


 3  (3) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,


(3) Another argument, why Churches or Congregations ought to pray for all men, without any difference of nation, kind, age, or order, to wit, because the Lord by calling of all sorts, yea, sometimes those that are the greatest enemies to the Gospel, will have his Church gathered together after this sort, and therefore prayer to be made for all.


 4  (*) Who will that (♣) all men shall be saved, and come unto the knowledge of the truth.


(*) Galatians 5:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:16; 1 John 5:16 .

(♣) As Jew and Gentile, poor and rich.


 5  (4) For there is one God, and one (*) Mediator between God and man, which is the (b) (♣) man Christ Jesus,


(4) God would not else be manifested to be the only God of all men, unless he would shew his goodness in saving of all sorts of men; neither should Christ be seen to be the only Mediator between God and all sorts of men, by having taken upon him that nature of man which is common to all men, unless he had satisfied for all sorts of men, and made intercession for all.

(*) Who will reconcile of all nations, people and sorts to one God.
(b) Christ Jesus which was made man.

(♣) Who being God was made man.


 6 Who gave himself a (*) ransom for all (♣) men, (5) to be the (♠) testimony in due time,


(*) He sheweth that there can be no Mediator, except he be also the redeemer.

(♣) Which should believe.

(5) A confirmation, because that even to the Gentiles in the secret of salvation now opened and made manifest, the Apostle himself being appointed properly to this office, which he doth faithfully and sincerely executes.

(♠) Which the Prophets testified, that Christ should offer himself for the redemption of man at the time that God had determined.


 7  (*) Whereunto I am ordained a preacher and an Apostle (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not) even a teacher of the Gentiles in (c) faith and verity.


(*) 2 Timothy 1:11 .

(c) Faithfully and sincerely; and by faith he meaneth wholesome and sound doctrine, and by truth, an upright and sincere handling of it.


 8  (6) I will therefore that the men pray, everywhere (d) lifting up (*) pure hands without (e) wrath, or (f) doubting.


(6) He hath spoken of the persons for whom we must pray; and now he teacheth that the difference of places is taken away; for in times past, one only nation, and in one certain place, came together to public service; but now Churches or Congregations are gathered together everywhere (orderly and decently), and men come together to serve God publicly with common prayer, neither must we strive for the nation or for the purification of the body, or for the place, but for the mind to have it clean from all offence, and full of sure trust and confidence.
(d) He putteth the sign for the thing itself, the lifting up of hands, for the calling upon God.

(*) As testimonies of a pure heart and conscience.
(e) Without the griefs and offences of the mind, which hinder us from calling upon God with a good conscience.
(f) Doubting which is against faith; James 1:6 .


 9  (*) (7) Likewise also the women, that they array themselves in comely apparel, with shamefastness and modesty, not with (♣) broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly apparel,


(*) 1 Peter 3:3 .

(7) Thirdly, he appointeth women to learn in the public assemblies with silence and modesty, being comely appareled without any riot or excess in their apparel.

(♣) The word signifieth to plat, to crisp, to broid, to fold, to bush, to curl, or to lay it curiously; whereby all pomp and wantonness is condemned, which women use in trimming their heads.


 10 But (as becometh women that profess the fear of God) with good works.


 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.


 12  (*) I permit not a woman to teach, (8) neither to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.


(*) 1 Corinthians 14:34 .

(8) The first argument, why it is not lawful for women to teach in the Congregation, because by this means they should be placed above men, for they would be their masters; which is against God's ordinance.


 13  (9) For (*) Adam was first formed, then Eve.


(9) He proveth this ordinance of God, whereby the woman is subject to man, first by that, which God made the woman after man, for man's sake.

(*) Genesis 1:27 .


 14  (*) (10) And Adam was (♣) not (g) deceived, but the woman was deceived, and was in the (♠) transgression.


(*) Genesis 3:6 .

(10) Then because that after sin God enjoined the woman this punishment, for that the man was deceived by her.

(♣) The woman was first deceived, and so became the instrument of Satan to deceive the man; and though therefore God punisheth them with subjection and pain in their travel, yet if they be faithful and godly in their vocation, they shall be saved.
(g) Adam was deceived, but through his wife's means, and therefore she is worthily for this cause subject to her husband, and ought to be.

(♠) That is, guilty of the transgression.


 15  (11) Notwithstanding, through bearing of children she shall be saved, if (*) they continue in faith, and love, and holiness with modesty.


(11) He addeth a comfort by the way, that their subjection hindereth not, but that women may be saved as well as men, if they behave themselves in those burdens holily and modestly, with faith and charity.

                        (*) Or, women. 



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