1 Timothy 1:17
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New International Version
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

New Living Translation
All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

English Standard Version
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

New American Standard Bible
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

King James Bible
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

International Standard Version
Now to the King Eternal—the immortal, invisible, and only God—be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.

NET Bible
Now to the eternal king, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But to The King of the universe, to him who is indestructible and unseen, who is The One God, be honor and glory to the eternity of eternities. Amen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Worship and glory belong forever to the eternal king, the immortal, invisible, and only God. Amen.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore unto the King forever, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

King James 2000 Bible
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

American King James Version
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

American Standard Version
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Darby Bible Translation
Now to the King of the ages, [the] incorruptible, invisible, only God, honour and glory to the ages of ages. Amen.

English Revised Version
Now unto the King eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, God the only wise, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Weymouth New Testament
Now to the immortal and invisible King of the Ages, who alone is God, be honour and glory to the Ages of the Ages! Amen.

World English Bible
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

Young's Literal Translation
and to the King of the ages, the incorruptible, invisible, only wise God, is honour and glory -- to the ages of the ages! Amen.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:12-17 The apostle knew that he would justly have perished, if the Lord had been extreme to mark what was amiss; and also if his grace and mercy had not been abundant to him when dead in sin, working faith and love to Christ in his heart. This is a faithful saying; these are true and faithful words, which may be depended on, That the Son of God came into the world, willingly and purposely to save sinners. No man, with Paul's example before him, can question the love and power of Christ to save him, if he really desires to trust in him as the Son of God, who once died on the cross, and now reigns upon the throne of glory, to save all that come to God through him. Let us then admire and praise the grace of God our Saviour; and ascribe to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, three Persons in the unity of the Godhead, the glory of all done in, by, and for us.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 17. - Incorruptible for immortal, A.V.; only God for only wise God, A.V. and T.R. The King eternal. The Greek has the unusual phrase, τῷ βασιλεῖ τῶν αἰώνων, "the king of the worlds or ages," which is not found elsewhere in the New Testament, but is found twice in the LXX. - Tobit 13:6 and 10-and in the Liturgy of St. James, in the εὐχὴ τῆς ἐνάρξεως and elsewhere. The similar phrase, ὁ Θεὸς τῶν αἰώνων, is also found in Ecclus. 36:17. In all these passages it is quite clear that the phrase is equivalent to αἰώνιος, Eternal, as a title of the Lord, as in Romans 16:26. The genitive τῶν αἰώνων is qualitative. In Tobit 13:6 he is "the Lord of righteousness," i.e. the righteous Lord; and "the King of the ages," i.e. of eternity, i.e. "the eternal King," the King through all the ages. And in ver. 10 it is said, "Bless the eternal King," who, it follows, will, as King, "love the miserable εἰς πάσας τᾶς γενέας τοῦ αἰῶνος;" and then it follows, in ver. 12, "They that love thee shall be blessed εἰς τὸν αἰῶνα;" and again in ver. 18, "Bless the Lord, who hath exalted Jerusalem εἰς πάντας τοὺς αἰῶνας;" and the same conception is in the phrase, σὺ εῖ ὁ Θεὸς τῶν αἰώνων. Satan, on the other hand. is (ὁ θεὸς τοῦ αἰῶνος τούτου, "the god of this world" (compare such passages as Psalm 102:24; Psalm 104:31; Psalm 105:8; Psalm 135:13; Psalm 145:13; and the doxology in the Lord's Prayer, "Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, εἰς, τοὺς αἰῶνας). It seems to be, therefore, quite certain that St. Paul is here using a familiar Jewish phrase for "eternal" which has nothing whatever to do with Gnostic eons. Perhaps in the use of the phrase, βασιλεὺς τῶν αἰώνων, we may trace a contrast passing through the writer's mind between the short-lived power of that hateful βασιλεύς, Nero, by whom his life would soon be taken away, and the kingdom of the eternal King (comp. 1 Timothy 6:15, 16). Incorruptible (ἀφθάρτῳ); applied to God also in Romans 1:23, where, as here, it means "immortal" (ὁ μόνος ἔχων ἀθανασίαν, 1 Timothy 6:16), not subject to the corruption of death, just as ἀφθαρσία is coupled with "life" (2 Timothy 1:10) and opposed to "death" So on the other hand, φθορά means "death." φθαρτός, "perishable." Elsewhere it is applied to a crown, to the raised dead, to the inherit-ante of the saints, to the seed of the new birth, to the apparel of a holy heart, which no rust or moth corrupts (1 Corinthians 9:25; 1 Corinthians 15:52; 1 Peter 1:4, 23; 1 Peter 3:4). Invisible (ἀοράτῳ); as Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 11:27. (See also Romans 1:20; and comp. 1 Timothy 6:16, for the sense.) The word is used by Philo of God, and of the Word. Here it is especially predicated of God the Father, according to what our Lord says (John 1:18; John 6:46; John 14:9); though some of the Fathers, Nicene and post-Nicene, predicate it also of the Word or Second Person (Hilary, Chrysostom, etc.). But in Scripture the Son is spoken of as the Manifestation, the Image (εἰκών and χαρακτήρ) of the Father, through whom t he Father is seen and known; ἀόρατος, therefore, applies to the Father (see Bishop Lightfoot's note on Colossians 1:15). The only God. The best manuscripts omit σοφῷ, which seems to have crept in here from Romans 16:26. The exact construction is, "To the eternal King, the Immortal, the Invisible, the only God [or, 'who alone is God'], be honor," etc. Be honor and glory. A little varied from St. Paul's usual doxologies (see Romans 11:36; 6:27; Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21; and 1 Timothy 6:16, where δόξα stands alone, and has the article - Ellicott on Galatians 1:5). In Romans 2:10 δόξα and τιμή are coupled together, but applied to man. This interposition of doxology is quite in St. Paul's manner.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now unto the King eternal,.... This doxology, or ascription of glory to God, on account of the grace bestowed upon the apostle, may be considered, either as referring to all the three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Spirit, who are the one and only God; and to whom all the attributes of wisdom, power, eternity, immortality, or incorruptibleness, and invisibility, belong; and who are jointly concerned in the grace bestowed upon any of the sons of men. Or else to God the Father, in agreement with a parallel place in Romans 16:27 who is the only true God, in opposition to nominal and fictitious deities, though not to the exclusion of the Son and Spirit; and to whom the several epithets here used may be unquestionably given: he has shown his wisdom in the works of creation, providence, and grace; he is the everlasting King, or the King of ages, or of worlds; he is Maker of the worlds, and the Governor of them throughout all ages and generations; he only has immortality, and is the incorruptible God, and who is invisible, whose shape has never been seen, nor his voice heard: or else this may be thought to belong to Jesus Christ, since it is to him the apostle gives thanks for putting him into the ministry; and from him he obtained mercy, and received abundant grace; and he it was who came into the world to save sinners, and who showed forth all longsuffering in him, see 1 Timothy 1:12, upon which the apostle breaks out into this attribution of glory and honour, and which agrees with Jde 1:25. And everything here said is applicable to him; he is the eternal King, whose is the kingdom of nature, providence, and grace; his throne is for ever and ever, and of his kingdom and government there is no end; he is the "King of ages", as the phrase may be rendered, and so his kingdom is called , "the kingdom of all ages", Psalm 145:13 and which endures throughout all generations; and this distinguishes him from all other kings. Scarce any king ever reigned an age, but Christ has reigned, and will reign throughout all ages. No regard is here had, as some have thought, to the Aeones of the Gnostics and Valentinians; but rather the apostle adopts a phrase into his doxology, frequently used by the Jews in their prayers, many of which begin after this manner,

"blessed art thou, O Lord our God, "the king of the age, or world", &c.

and , "Lord of all ages, or worlds", &c. (p). Other attributes and epithets follow, as

immortal or "incorruptible". Christ is the living God, and the living Redeemer; and though he died as man, he will die no more, but ever lives to make intercession for his people, and to reign over them, and protect them: who also may be said to be "invisible", who was so in his divine nature, till manifest in the flesh; and now in his human nature he is taken out of the sight of men, and is not to be beheld with bodily eyes by men on earth: and he is

the only wise God; he is "the only God", so the Alexandrian copy, the Syriac and Vulgate Latin versions, read; not to the exclusion of the Father or Spirit, but in opposition to all false deities, or those who are not by nature God: and he is the only wise God; who is wisdom itself, and of himself; and is the fountain of wisdom, both natural and spiritual, unto others; wherefore to him be

honour and glory for ever and ever, Amen. Christ is crowned with honour and glory, and he is worthy of it; and it becomes all men to honour the Son, as they do the Father: he is the brightness of his glory, and equal to him; and the glory of deity, of all the divine perfections, and works, and also worship, should be given him; as well as the glory of salvation, and of all the grace the sons of men partake of; and that not only now, but to all eternity,

(p) Seder Tephillot, fol. 2. 2. & 3. 2. & 37. 1, 2. Ed. Basil. fol. 2. 1, 2. & 3. 1. & 4. 1. & 5. 2. & passim, Ed. Amsterdam.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. A suitable conclusion to the beautifully simple enunciation of the Gospel, of which his own history is a living sample or pattern. It is from the experimental sense of grace that the doxology flows [Bengel].

the King, eternal—literally, "King of the (eternal) ages." The Septuagint translates Ex 15:18, "The Lord shall reign for ages and beyond them." Ps 145:13, Margin, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom," literally, "a kingdom of all ages." The "life everlasting" (1Ti 1:16) suggested here "the King eternal," or everlasting. It answers also to "for ever and ever" at the close, literally, "to the ages of the ages" (the countless succession of ages made up of ages).

immortal—The oldest manuscripts read, "incorruptible." The Vulgate, however, and one very old manuscript read as English Version (Ro 1:23).

invisible—(1Ti 6:16; Ex 33:20; Joh 1:18; Col 1:15; Heb 11:27).

the only wise God—The oldest manuscripts omit "wise," which probably crept in from Ro 16:27, where it is more appropriate to the context than here (compare Jude 25). "The only Potentate" (1Ti 6:15; Ps 86:10; Joh 5:44).

for ever, &c.—See note, above. The thought of eternity (terrible as it is to unbelievers) is delightful to those assured of grace (1Ti 1:16) [Bengel].

1 Timothy 1:17 Additional Commentaries
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God's Grace to Paul
16Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 18This command I entrust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you fight the good fight,…
Cross References
Psalm 145:13
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.

John 5:44
How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

Romans 2:7
To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

Romans 2:10
but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

Romans 11:36
For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.

Colossians 1:15
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

1 Timothy 6:15
which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

1 Timothy 6:16
who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

Hebrews 2:7
You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor

Jude 1:25
to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Revelation 15:3
and sang the song of God's servant Moses and of the Lamb: "Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations.
Treasury of Scripture

Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

the King.

1 Timothy 6:15,16 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, …

Psalm 10:16 The LORD is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land.

Psalm 45:1,6 My heart is gushing a good matter: I speak of the things which I …

Psalm 47:6-8 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises to our King, sing praises…

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the …

Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

Daniel 2:44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Daniel 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Malachi 1:14 But cursed be the deceiver, which has in his flock a male, and vows, …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say to them on his right hand, Come, you blessed …

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made …

Hebrews 1:8-13 But to the Son he said, Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever: …

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

invisible.

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is …

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are …

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Hebrews 11:27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for …

1 John 4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells …

the only.

Romans 16:27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and …

be.

1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and …

Nehemiah 9:5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah…

Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. …

Psalm 57:11 Be you exalted, O God, above the heavens: let your glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 72:18,19 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things…

Psalm 106:48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: …

Daniel 4:34,37 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to …

Ephesians 3:20,21 Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that …

1 Peter 5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

Revelation 4:8-11 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they …

Revelation 5:9-14 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor…

Revelation 19:1,6 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, …

Amen. See on

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatever I have commanded you: …

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