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1 Timothy 1:8

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully;
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— But we know that the law [is] good, if a man useth it lawfully;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Now we know that the law [is] good if any one uses it lawfully,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Now we know that, excellent, is the law, if one put it to a lawful use:—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and we have known that the law [is] good, if any one may use it lawfully;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— And we knowe, that the Law is good, if a man vse it lawfully,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— But we know that the Law is good, if a man vse it lawfully.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But we know that the law is good, if a man according to the law converse in it;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Now, we know, that the law is a good thing, if a man conduct himself in it, according to the law,

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
But 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
we know 1492
{1492} Prime
A primary verb; used only in certain past tenses, the others being borrowed from the equivalent, G3700 and G3708; properly to see (literally or figuratively); by implication (in the perfect only) to know.
<5758> Grammar
Tense - Perfect (See G5778)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 516
that 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
law 3551
{3551} Prime
From a primary word νέμω [[nemo]] (to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals); law (through the idea of prescriptive usage), generally (regulation), specifically (of Moses [including the volume]; also of the Gospel), or figuratively (a principle).
[is] good, 2570
{2570} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
if 1437
{1437} Prime
From G1487 and G0302; a conditional particle; in case that, provided, etc.; often used in connection with other particles to denote indefiniteness or uncertainty.
a man 5100
{5100} Prime
An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.
use 5530
{5530} Prime
Middle voice of a primary verb (perhaps rather from G5495, to handle); to furnish what is needed; (give an oracle, 'graze' [touch slightly], light upon, etc.), that is, (by implication) to employ or (by extension) to act towards one in a given manner.
<5741> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 40
it 846
{0846} Prime
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
lawfully; 3545
{3545} Prime
Adverb from a derivative of G3551; legitimately (specifically agreeably to the rules of the lists).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 1:8

_ _ But — “Now we know” (Romans 3:19; Romans 7:14).

_ _ law is good — in full agreement with God’s holiness and goodness.

_ _ if a man — primarily, a teacher; then, every Christian.

_ _ use it lawfully — in its lawful place in the Gospel economy, namely, not as a means of a “’righteous man” attaining higher perfection than could be attained by the Gospel alone (1 Timothy 4:8; Titus 1:14), which was the perverted use to which the false teachers put it, but as a means of awakening the sense of sin in the ungodly (1 Timothy 1:9, 1 Timothy 1:10; compare Romans 7:7-12; Galatians 3:21).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 1:5-11.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 1:8

We grant the whole Mosaic law is good, answers excellent purposes, if a man use it in a proper manner. Even the ceremonial is good, as it points to Christ; and the moral law is holy, just, and good, on its own nature; and of admirable use both to convince unbelievers, and to guide believers in all holiness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 1:8

(7) But we know that the law [is] good, if a man use it lawfully;

(7) The taking away of an objection: he does not condemn the Law, but requires the right use and practice of it.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
the law:

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people. ... And what nation [is there so] great, that hath statutes and judgments [so] righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?
Nehemiah 9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
Psalms 19:7-10 The law of the LORD [is] perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD [is] sure, making wise the simple. ... More to be desired [are they] than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Psalms 119:96-105 I have seen an end of all perfection: [but] thy commandment [is] exceeding broad. ... NUN. Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Psalms 119:127-128 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. ... Therefore I esteem all [thy] precepts [concerning] all [things to be] right; [and] I hate every false way.
Romans 7:12-13 Wherefore the law [is] holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. ... Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
Romans 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that [it is] good.
Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but [how] to perform that which is good I find not.
Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Galatians 3:21 [Is] the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.


2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, [yet] is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
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Dt 4:6. Ne 9:13. Ps 19:7; 119:96, 127. Ro 7:12, 16, 18, 22; 12:2. Ga 3:21. 2Ti 2:5.

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