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1 Timothy 4:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it be received with thanksgiving:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if received with thanksgiving:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing [is] to be rejected, being received with thanksgiving;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Because, every creature of God, is good, and nothing to be cast away, if, with thanksgiving, it be received,—
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— because every creature of God [is] good, and nothing [is] to be rejected, with thanksgiving being received,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be rejected that is received with thanksgiving:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For euery creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be receiued with thankesgiuing:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— because every creature of Aloha is good, and nothing to be abominated, if with thanksgiving it be received;
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Because whatever is created by God is good; and there is nothing which should be rejected if it be received with thankfulness;

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
every 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
creature 2938
{2938} Prime
From G2936; an original formation (concretely), that is, product (created thing).
of God 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
[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.
nothing 3762
{3762} Prime
From G3761 and G1520; not even one (man, woman or thing), that is, none, nobody, nothing.
to be refused, 579
{0579} Prime
From G0577; cast off, that is, (figuratively) such as to be rejected.
if it be received 2983
{2983} Prime
A prolonged form of a primary verb, which is used only as an alternate in certain tenses; to take (in very many applications, literally and figuratively [probably objective or active, to get hold of; whereas G1209 is rather subjective or passive, to have offered to one; while G0138 is more violent, to seize or remove]).
<5746> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 360
with 3326
{3326} Prime
A primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly denoting accompaniment; 'amid' (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive case association, or accusative case succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722, and less close than G4862).
thanksgiving: 2169
{2169} Prime
From G2170; gratitude; active grateful language (to God, as an act of worship).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 4:4-5

_ _ Translate as Greek, “Because” (expressing a reason resting on an objective fact; or, as here, a Scripture quotation) — “For” (a reason resting on something subjective in the writer’s mind).

_ _ every creature ... good — (Genesis 1:31; Romans 14:14, Romans 14:20). A refutation by anticipation of the Gnostic opposition to creation: the seeds of which were now lurking latently in the Church. Judaism (Acts 10:11-16; 1 Corinthians 10:25, 1 Corinthians 10:26) was the starting-point of the error as to meats: Oriental Gnosis added new elements. The old Gnostic heresy is now almost extinct; but its remains in the celibacy of Rome’s priesthood, and in its fasts from animal meats, enjoined under the penalty of mortal sin, remain.

_ _ if ... with thanksgiving — Meats, though pure in themselves, become impure by being received with an unthankful mind (Romans 14:6; Titus 1:15).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 4:4

(7) For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

(7) He sets an apostolic rule for taking away the difference of meats, against that false doctrine.

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Genesis 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Deuteronomy 32:4 [He is] the Rock, his work [is] perfect: for all his ways [are] judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right [is] he.


Acts 11:7-9 And I heard a voice saying unto me, Arise, Peter; slay and eat. ... But the voice answered me again from heaven, What God hath cleansed, [that] call not thou common.
Acts 15:20-21 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and [from] fornication, and [from] things strangled, and [from] blood. ... For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Acts 21:25 As touching the Gentiles which believe, we have written [and] concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from [things] offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
Romans 14:14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that [there is] nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him [it is] unclean.
Romans 14:20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed [are] pure; but [it is] evil for that man who eateth with offence.
1 Corinthians 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
1 Corinthians 10:25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, [that] eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
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