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4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

4:4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

4:7 But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.

4:8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

4:9 This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation.

4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

4:11 These things command and teach.

4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.

4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

4:15 Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: 1 Timothy
Book: 1 Timothy
Chapter: 4

Of departures from the Faith that began already to appear.
(1-5) Several directions, with motives for due discharge of
duties. (6-16)

1-5 The Holy Spirit, both in the Old and the New Testament,
spoke of a general turning from the Faith of Christ, and the
pure Worship of God. This should come during the Christian
Dispensation, for those are called the latter days. False
teachers forbid as evil what God has allowed, and command as a
duty what he has left indifferent. We find Exercise for
watchfulness and self-denial, in attending to the requirements
of God's Law, without being tasked to imaginary duties, which
reject what he has allowed. But nothing justifies an intemperate
or improper use of things; and nothing will be good to us,
unless we seek By Prayer for the Lord's blessing upon it.

6-10 Outward Acts of self-denial profit little. What will it
avail us to mortify the body, if we do not mortify Sin? No
diligence in mere outward things could be of much use. The gain
of Godliness lies much in the promise; and the promises to godly
people relate partly to the Life that now is, but especially to
the Life which is to come: though we lose for Christ, we shall
not lose By him. If Christ be thus the Saviour of all men, then
much more will he be the Rewarder of those who seek and serve
him; he will provide Well for those whom he has made new

11-16 Men's youth will not be despised, if they keep from
vanities and follies. Those who teach By their doctrine, must
teach By their Life. Their discourse must be edifying; their
Conversation must be holy; they must be examples of Love to God
and all good men, examples of spiritual-mindedness. Ministers
must mind these things as their principal work and business. By
this means their profiting will appear in all things, as Well as
to all persons; this is the way to profit in knowledge and
Grace, and also to profit others. The doctrine of a Minister of
Christ must be scriptural, clear, evangelical, and practical;
Well stated, explained, defended, and applied. But these duties
leave No leisure for worldly pleasures, trifling visits, or idle
Conversation, and but little for what is mere amusement, and
only ornamental. May every believer be enabled to let his
profiting appear unto all men; seeking to experience the power
of the Gospel in his own soul, and to bring forth its fruits in
his Life.

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