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1 Timothy 6:19 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is [life] indeed.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— laying by for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold of [what is] really life.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Treasuring up for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold on the life [which is life] indeed.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— treasuring up to themselves a right foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life age-during.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the true life.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Laying vp in store for themselues a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay holde on eternall life.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and lay for themselves a good foundation for that which is to be, that they may lay hold on the true life.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and that they lay up for themselves a good foundation for that which is future; that they may take hold of real life.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Laying up in store 597
{0597} Prime
ἀποθησαυρίζω
apothesaurizo
{ap-oth-ay-sow-rid'-zo}
From G0575 and G2343; to treasure away.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
for themselves 1438
{1438} Prime
ἑαυτοῦ
heautou
{heh-ow-too'}
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
a good 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
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).
foundation 2310
{2310} Prime
θεμέλιος
themelios
{them-el'-ee-os}
From a derivative of G5087; something put down, that is, a substruction (of a building, etc.), (literally or figuratively).
against 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
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).
time to come, 3195
{3195} Prime
μέλλω
mello
{mel'-lo}
A strengthened form of G3199 (through the idea of expectation); to intend, that is, be about to be, do, or suffer something (of persons or things, especially events; in the sense of purpose, duty, necessity, probability, possibility, or hesitation).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
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).
they may lay hold on 1949
{1949} Prime
ἐπιλαμβάνομαι
epilambanomai
{ep-ee-lam-ban'-om-ahee}
Middle voice from G1909 and G2983; to seize (for help, injury, attainment or any other purpose; literally or figuratively).
z5638
<5638> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 66
eternal 166
{0166} Prime
αἰώνιος
aionios
{ahee-o'-nee-os}
From G0165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well).
life. 2222
{2222} Prime
ζωή
zoe
{dzo-ay'}
From G2198; life (literally or figuratively).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 6:19

_ _ Laying up in store — “therefrom (that is, by this means [Alford]; but Bengel makes the Greekapo” mean laying apart against a future time), laying up for themselves as a treasure” [Alford] (Matthew 6:19, Matthew 6:20). This is a treasure which we act wisely in laying up in store, whereas the wisest thing we can do with earthly treasures is “to distribute” them and give others a share of them (1 Timothy 6:18).

_ _ good foundation — (See on 1 Timothy 3:13; Luke 6:48; 1 Corinthians 3:11). The sure reversion of the future heavenly inheritance: earthly riches scattered in faith lay up in store a sure increase of heavenly riches. We gather by scattering (Proverbs 11:24; Proverbs 13:7; Luke 16:9).

_ _ that ... eternal life — The oldest manuscripts and versions read, “that which is really life,” its joys being solid and enduring (Psalms 16:11). The life that now is cannot be called so, its goods being unsubstantial, and itself a vapor (James 4:14). “In order that (‘with their feet so to speak on this foundation’ [De Wette]) they may lay hold on that which is life indeed.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 6:13-21.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 6:19

Treasuring up for themselves a good foundation — Of an abundant reward, by the free mercy of God. That they may lay hold on eternal life — This cannot be done by alms — deeds; yet they "come up for a memorial before God," Acts 10:4. And the lack even of this may be the cause why God will withhold grace and salvation from us.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 6:19

(12) Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

(12) The praise of liberality, by the effects of it, because it is a sure testimony of the Spirit of God who dwells in us, and therefore of the salvation that will be given to us.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Laying:

Psalms 17:14 From men [which are] thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, [which have] their portion in [this] life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid [treasure]: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their [substance] to their babes.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: ... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 10:41-42 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward. ... And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold [water] only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go [and] sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come [and] follow me.
Matthew 25:34-40 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: ... And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.
Luke 12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Luke 18:2 Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
Luke 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
Galatians 6:8-9 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. ... And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

foundation:

Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so [is] the wicked no [more]: but the righteous [is] an everlasting foundation.
Luke 6:48-49 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. ... But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

the time:

Proverbs 31:25 Strength and honour [are] her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
Luke 16:9 And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.
Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

lay:

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 1:4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
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Ps 17:14. Pv 10:25; 31:25. Mt 6:19; 10:41; 19:21; 25:34. Lk 6:48; 12:33; 16:9, 25; 18:2, 22. Ga 5:6; 6:8. Ep 3:17. Php 3:14. 1Ti 6:12. 2Ti 2:19. 1P 1:4.

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