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1 Timothy 2:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for this is good and acceptable before our Saviour God,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— This, is comely and acceptable before our Saviour God,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for this [is] right and acceptable before God our Saviour,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour,
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Sauiour,
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For this is good and acceptable before Aloha our Saviour;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For this is good and acceptable before God our life-giver;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
this 5124
{5124} Prime
Neuter, singular, nomitive or accusative of G3778; that thing.
[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).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
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.
acceptable 587
{0587} Prime
From G0588; accepted, that is, agreeable.
in the sight 1799
{1799} Prime
Neuter of a compound of G1722 and a derivation of G3700; in the face of (literally or figuratively).
of God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
our 2257
{2257} Prime
Genitive plural of G1473; of (or from) us.
Saviour; 4990
{4990} Prime
From G4982; a deliverer, that is, God or Christ.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 2:3

_ _ this — praying for all men.

_ _ in the sight of God — not merely before men, as if it were their favor that we sought (2 Corinthians 8:21).

_ _ our Saviour — a title appropriate to the matter in hand. He who is “our Savior” is willing that all should be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; Romans 5:18); therefore we should meet the will of God in behalf of others, by praying for the salvation of all men. More would be converted if we would pray more. He has actually saved us who believe, being “our Savior.” He is willing that all should be saved, even those who do not as yet believe, if they will believe (compare 1 Timothy 4:10; Titus 2:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 2:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 2:3

For this — That we pray for all men. Do you ask, "Why are not more converted?" We do not pray enough. Is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour — Who has actually saved us that believe, and willeth all men to be saved. It is strange that any whom he has actually saved should doubt the universality of his grace!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 2:3

(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, type, age, or order: that is, because the Lord by calling of all types, indeed sometimes those that are the greatest enemies to the Gospel, will have his Church gathered together after this manner, and therefore prayer is to be made for all.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Timothy 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. ... 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.
Romans 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ [is] acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Ephesians 5:9-10 (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) ... Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Philippians 1:11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things [which were sent] from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
Colossians 1:10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort [you] by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, [so] ye would abound more and more.
Hebrews 13:16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 2:20 For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.


1 Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, [which is] our hope;
Isaiah 45:21 Tell ye, and bring [them] near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time? [have] not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me.
Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
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