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1 Timothy 2:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— for kings and all that are in high place; that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and gravity.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for kings and all that are in dignity, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all piety and gravity;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— In behalf of kings, and all them who are, in eminent station; in order that, an undisturbed, and quiet life, we may lead, in all godliness and gravity:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for kings, and all who are in authority, that a quiet and peaceable life we may lead in all piety and gravity,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For kings and for all that are in high station: that we may lead a quiet and a peaceable life in all piety and chastity.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For Kings, and for all that are in authoritie, that we may leade a quiet and peaceable life in all godlinesse and honestie.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— for kings and princes, that an habitation quiet and tranquil we may inhabit in all the fear of Aloha and purity.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— for kings and magistrates, that we may dwell in a quiet and tranquil habitation, with all reverence for God, and with purity.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 5228
{5228} Prime
ὑπέρ
huper
{hoop-er'}
A primary preposition; 'over', that is, (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than. In compounds it retains many of the listed applications.
kings, 935
{0935} Prime
βασιλεύς
basileus
{bas-il-yooce'}
Probably from G0939 (through the notion of a foundation of power); a sovereign (abstractly, relatively or figuratively).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
[for] all 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
that are 5607
{5607} Prime
ὤν
on
{oan}
The feminine, the neuter and the present participle of G1510; being.
z5752
<5752> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 186
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
authority; 5247
{5247} Prime
ὑπεροχή
huperoche
{hoop-er-okh-ay'}
From G5242; prominence, that is, (figuratively) superiority (in rank or character).
that 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
we may lead 1236
{1236} Prime
διάγω
diago
{dee-ag'-o}
From G1223 and G0071; to pass time or life.
z5725
<5725> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 352
a quiet 2263
{2263} Prime
ἤρεμος
eremos
{ay'-rem-os}
Perhaps by transposition from G2048 (through the idea of stillness); tranquil.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
peaceable 2272
{2272} Prime
ἡσύχιος
hesuchios
{hay-soo'-khee-os}
A prolonged form of a compound probably of a derivative of the base of G1476 and perhaps G2192; properly keeping one's seat (sedentary), that is, (by implication) still (undisturbed, undisturbing).
life 979
{0979} Prime
βίος
bios
{bee'-os}
A primary word; life, that is, (literally) the present state of existence; by implication the means of livelihood.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
all 3956
{3956} Prime
πᾶς
pas
{pas}
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
godliness 2150
{2150} Prime
εὐσέβεια
eusebeia
{yoo-seb'-i-ah}
From G2152; piety; specifically the gospel scheme.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
honesty. 4587
{4587} Prime
σεμνότης
semnotes
{sem-not'-ace}
From G4586; venerableness, that is, probity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 2:2

_ _ For kings — an effectual confutation of the adversaries who accused the Christians of disaffection to the ruling powers (Acts 17:7; Romans 13:1-7).

_ _ all ... in authority — literally, “in eminence”; in stations of eminence. The “quiet” of Christians was often more dependent on subordinate rulers, than on the supreme king; hence, “all ... in authority” are to be prayed for.

_ _ that we may lead — that we may be blessed with such good government as to lead ... ; or rather, as Greek, “to pass” or “spend.” The prayers of Christians for the government bring down from heaven peace and order in a state.

_ _ quiet — not troubled from without.

_ _ peaceable — “tranquil”; not troubled from within [Olshausen]. “He is peaceable (Greek) who makes no disturbance; he is quiet (Greek) who is himself free from disturbance” [Tittmann].

_ _ in all godliness — “in all (possible ... requisite) piety” [Alford]. A distinct Greek word, 1 Timothy 2:10, expresses “godliness.”

_ _ honestyGreek, “gravity” (Titus 2:2, Titus 2:7), “decorum,” or propriety of conduct. As “piety” is in relation to God, “gravity” is propriety of behavior among men. In the Old Testament the Jews were commanded to pray for their heathen rulers (Ezra 6:10; Jeremiah 29:7). The Jews, by Augustus’ order, offered a lamb daily for the Roman emperor, till near the destruction of Jerusalem. The Jewish Zealots, instigated by Eleazar, caused this custom to cease [Josephus, Wars of the Jews, 2.17], whence the war originated, according to Josephus.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 2:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 2:2

For all that are in authority — Seeing even the lowest country magistrates frequently do much good or much harm. God supports the power of magistracy for the sake of his own people, when, in the present state of men, it could not otherwise be kept up in any nation whatever. Godliness — Inward religion; the true worship of God. Honesty — A comprehensive word taking in the whole duty we owe to our neighbour.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 2:2

For kings, and [for] all that are in authority; (2) that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and (a) honesty.

(2) An argument taken of the end: that is, because magistrates are appointed to this end, that men might peaceably and quietly live in all godliness and honesty: and therefore we must commend them especially to God, that they may faithfully execute so necessary an office.

(a) This word includes every type of duty, which is to be used by men in all their affairs.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
kings:

Ezra 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king's cupbearer.
Psalms 20:1-4 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; ... Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
Psalms 72:1 [[[A Psalm] for Solomon.]] Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
Jeremiah 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

for all:

Romans 13:1-7 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. ... Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute [is due]; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.
1 Peter 2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;

authority:
or, eminent place

that:

Genesis 49:14-15 Issachar [is] a strong ass couching down between two burdens: ... And he saw that rest [was] good, and the land that [it was] pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute.
2 Samuel 20:19 I [am one of them that are] peaceable [and] faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?
Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: [and] meddle not with them that are given to change:
Ecclesiastes 3:12-13 I know that [there is] no good in them, but for [a man] to rejoice, and to do good in his life. ... And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God.
Ecclesiastes 8:2-5 I [counsel thee] to keep the king's commandment, and [that] in regard of the oath of God. ... Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
1 Thessalonians 4:11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

all godliness:

Luke 1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.
Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and [toward] men.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Titus 2:10-14 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. ... Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1 Peter 2:9-13 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: ... Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
2 Peter 1:3-7 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that [pertain] unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: ... And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
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