1 Timothy 1:19
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New International Version
holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.

New Living Translation
Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.

English Standard Version
holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith,

New American Standard Bible
keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith.

King James Bible
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
having faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and have suffered the shipwreck of their faith.

International Standard Version
with faith and a good conscience. By ignoring their consciences, some people have destroyed their faith like a wrecked ship.

NET Bible
To do this you must hold firmly to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck in regard to the faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In faith and in good conscience, for those who have rejected this from themselves have been emptied of faith,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Some have refused to let their faith guide their conscience and their faith has been destroyed like a wrecked ship.

Jubilee Bible 2000
holding fast faith and a good conscience, which some, having cast away, have shipwrecked in their faith,

King James 2000 Bible
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made it shipwreck:

American King James Version
Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

American Standard Version
holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having faith and a good conscience, which some rejecting have made shipwreck concerning the faith.

Darby Bible Translation
maintaining faith and a good conscience; which [last] some, having put away, have made shipwreck as to faith;

English Revised Version
holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust from them made shipwreck concerning the faith:

Webster's Bible Translation
Holding faith and a good conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Weymouth New Testament
holding fast to faith and a clear conscience, which some have cast aside and have made shipwreck of their faith.

World English Bible
holding faith and a good conscience; which some having thrust away made a shipwreck concerning the faith;

Young's Literal Translation
having faith and a good conscience, which certain having thrust away, concerning the faith did make shipwreck,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:18-20 The ministry is a warfare against sin and Satan; carried on under the Lord Jesus, who is the Captain of our salvation. The good hopes others have had of us, should stir us up to duty. And let us be upright in our conduct in all things. The design of the highest censures in the primitive church, was, to prevent further sin, and to reclaim the sinner. May all who are tempted to put away a good conscience, and to abuse the gospel, remember that this is the way to make shipwreck of faith also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - Thrust from them for put away, A.V.; made shipwreck concerning the faith for concerning faith have made shipwreck, A.V. Thrust from them. The addition "from them" is meant to give the force of the middle voice as in Acts 7:39, A.V. The verb ἀπώθομαι occurs Acts 7:27, 39; Romans 11:1, 2. It is a strong expression, implying here the willful resistance to the voice of conscience. The form ἀπωθέω, -έομαι is found, Acts 13:46, and frequently in the LXX. Which (ἥν) applies to the good conscience only. Hence the important lesson that deviations from the true faith are preceded by violations of the conscience. The surest way to maintain a pure faith is to maintain a good and tender conscience (camp. 1 Timothy 2:9; John 7:17). The faith. It is by no means certain that ἡ πίστις here means "the faith" rather than "faith" (subjectire). Both the grammar and the sense equally admit the rendering "faith," referring to the preceding, tiaras. (For the phrase, περὶ τὴν πίστιν, "with respect to," camp. 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 2:18; Titus 2:7.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Holding faith, and a good conscience..... By "faith" is meant, not the grace of faith, but the doctrine of faith, a sense in which it is often used in this epistle; see 1 Timothy 3:9 and the "holding" of it does not intend a mere profession of it, and a retaining of that without wavering, which is to be done by all believers; but a holding it forth in the ministry of the word, in opposition to a concealing or dropping it, or any part of it; and a holding it fast, without wavering, and in opposition to a departure from it or any cowardice about it and against all posers: to which must be added, a good conscience; the conscience is not naturally good, but is defiled by sin; and that is only good, which is sprinkled by the blood of Christ, and thereby purged from dead works; the effect of which is an holy, upright, and becoming conversation; and which seems to be chiefly intended here, and particularly the upright conduct and behaviour of the ministers of the Gospel, in the faithful discharge of their work and office: see 2 Corinthians 1:12.

Which some having put away; that is, a good conscience; and which does not suppose that they once had one, since that may be put away which was never had: the Jews, who blasphemed and contradicted, and never received the word of God, are said to put it from them, Acts 13:46 where the same word is used as here; and signifies to refuse or reject anything with detestation and contempt: these men always had an abhorrence to a good conscience among men, and to a good life and conversation, the evidence of it; and at length threw off the mask, and dropped the faith they professed, as being contrary to their evil conscience: though admitting it does suppose they once had a good conscience, it must be understood not of a conscience cleansed by the blood of Christ, but of a good conscience in external show only, or in comparison of what they afterwards appeared to have: and, besides, some men, destitute of the grace of God, may have a good conscience in some sense, or with respect to some particular facts, or to their general conduct and behaviour among men, as the Apostle Paul had while unregenerate, Acts 23:1 and which being acted against, or lost, is no instance of falling from the true grace of God, which this passage is sometimes produced in proof of:

concerning faith have made shipwreck; which designs not the grace, but the doctrine of faith, as before observed, which men may profess, and fall off from, and entirely drop and lose. Though supposing faith as a grace is meant, the phrase, "have made shipwreck of it", is not strong enough to prove the total and final falling away of true believers, could such be thought to be here meant; since persons may be shipwrecked, and not lost, the Apostle Paul was thrice shipwrecked, and each time saved; besides, as there is a true and unfeigned, so there is a feigned and counterfeit faith, which may be in persons who have no true grace, and may be shipwrecked, so as to be lost.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. Holding—Keeping hold of "faith" and "good conscience" (1Ti 1:5); not "putting the latter away" as "some." Faith is like a very precious liquor; a good conscience is the clean, pure glass that contains it [Bengel]. The loss of good conscience entails the shipwreck of faith. Consciousness of sin (unrepented of and forgiven) kills the germ of faith in man [Wiesinger].

which—Greek singular, namely, "good conscience," not "faith" also; however, the result of putting away good conscience is, one loses faith also.

put away—a wilful act. They thrust it from them as a troublesome monitor. It reluctantly withdraws, extruded by force, when its owner is tired of its importunity, and is resolved to retain his sin at the cost of losing it. One cannot be on friendly terms with it and with sin at one and the same time.

made shipwreck—"with respect to THE faith." Faith is the vessel in which they had professedly embarked, of which "good conscience" is the anchor. The ancient Church often used this image, comparing the course of faith to navigation. The Greek does not imply that one having once had faith makes shipwreck of it, but that they who put away good conscience "make shipwreck with respect to THE faith."

1 Timothy 1:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Grace to Paul
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, 19keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith. 20Among these are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan, so that they will be taught not to blaspheme.
Cross References
1 Timothy 1:5
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

1 Timothy 3:9
They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:21
which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith. Grace be with you all.

2 Timothy 2:18
who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some.

Titus 1:9
He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
Treasury of Scripture

Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:

Holding. See on ver.

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and …

1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may …

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of …

1 Peter 3:15,16 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts…

Revelation 3:3,8,10 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

which.

Philippians 3:18,19 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even …

2 Timothy 3:1-6 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come…

2 Peter 2:1-3,12-22 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

Jude 1:10-13 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what …

concerning.

1 Timothy 4:1,2 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved …

Galatians 1:6-8 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect to you, whoever of you are justified …

2 Timothy 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be …

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have …

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been …

made.

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and …

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

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