1 Timothy 1:5
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New International Version
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

New Living Translation
The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.

English Standard Version
The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Berean Study Bible
The goal of our instruction is the love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith.

Berean Literal Bible
Now the goal of our instruction is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and a sincere faith,

New American Standard Bible
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

King James Bible
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

International Standard Version
The goal of this instruction is love that flows from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith.

NET Bible
But the aim of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith.

New Heart English Bible
but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But the sum of The Commandments is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience and from true faith.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My goal in giving you this order is for love to flow from a pure heart, from a clear conscience, and from a sincere faith.

New American Standard 1977
But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and of a good conscience and of faith unfeigned:

King James 2000 Bible
Now the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

American King James Version
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

American Standard Version
But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now the end of the commandment is charity, from a pure heart, and a good conscience, and an unfeigned faith.

Darby Bible Translation
But the end of what is enjoined is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and unfeigned faith;

English Revised Version
But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned:

Webster's Bible Translation
Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

Weymouth New Testament
But the end sought to be secured by exhortation is the love which springs from a pure heart, a clear conscience and a sincere faith.

World English Bible
but the goal of this command is love, out of a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith;

Young's Literal Translation
And the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned,
Study Bible
Warning against False Teaching
4or devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculation rather than the stewardship of God’s work, which is by faith. 5The goal of our instruction is the love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a sincere faith. 6Some have strayed from these ways and turned aside to empty talk.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:12
"Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,

Zephaniah 3:7
"I said, 'Surely you will revere Me, Accept instruction.' So her dwelling will not be cut off According to all that I have appointed concerning her. But they were eager to corrupt all their deeds.

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

1 Timothy 1:18
Timothy, my child, I entrust you with this command in keeping with the previous prophecies about you, so that by them you may fight the good fight,

1 Timothy 1:19
holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and thereby shipwrecked their faith.

1 Timothy 3:9
They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as did my forefathers, as I constantly remember you night and day in my prayers.

2 Timothy 1:5
I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am convinced is in you as well.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee from youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Hebrews 13:18
Pray for us; we are convinced that we have a clear conscience and desire to live honorably in every way.
Treasury of Scripture

Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

the end.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.

Romans 13:8-10 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves …

Galatians 5:13,14,22 For, brothers, you have been called to liberty; only use not liberty …

1 John 4:7-14 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

charity.

Mark 12:28-34 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, …

Romans 14:15 But if your brother be grieved with your meat, now walk you not charitably. …

1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

a pure.

Psalm 24:4 He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up …

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 12:35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things…

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, …

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

1 John 3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.

a good.

1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away …

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

Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brothers, …

Acts 24:16 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void …

Romans 9:1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

2 Corinthians 1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that …

2 Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience…

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having …

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

1 Peter 3:16,21 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as …

faith.

Galatians 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in you, which …

Hebrews 11:5,6 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was …

1 John 3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of …

(5) Now the end.--The Greek word should be translated But the end. Though Timothy must resist and oppose these false teachers with all courage and firmness, still he must not forget what was the real end, the aim, the purpose of all Christian teaching, which, the Apostle reminds him, is Love.

Of the commandment.--There is no reference here to the famous commandments of the Law of Moses. "Commandment" may be paraphrased in this place by "practical teaching."

With the false teachers' sickly "fables," which only led to disputing, St. Paul contrasts that "healthy practical teaching," the end and aim of which was love, or charity.

Charity.--That love, or broad, comprehensive charity, towards men, so nobly described in 1 Corinthians 13.

Out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned.--This broad all-embracing love, or charity, emanates only from "a pure heart:" i.e., a heart free from selfish desires and evil passions. The "pure in heart" alone, said the Lord, in the sermon on the mount (Matthew 5:8), shall enjoy the beatific vision of God.

And of a good conscience.--This "charity" must also spring from a conscience unburthened of its load of guilt, from a conscience sprinkled with the precious blood, and so reconciled to God.

And of faith unfeigned.--And, lastly, the root of this "charity"--the end and aim of the practical teaching of the gospel preached by the Apostles--must be sought in "a faith unfeigned," in a faith that consists in something more than in a few high-sounding words, which lay claim to a sure confidence that is not felt. The "unfeigned faith" of St. Paul is a faith rich in works rather than in words.

Without this faith, so real that its fruits are ever manifest, there can be no good conscience; without this conscience, washed by the precious blood, there can be no pure heart.

The error of the teachers of whom Timothy was warned, we see from the next verse, consisted not so much in false doctrines as in an utter neglect of inculcating the necessity of a pure, self-denying life. They preferred curious questions and speculative inquiries to the grave, simple gospel teaching which led men to live an earnest, loving life.

Verse 5. - But for now, A.V.; charge for commandment, A.V.; love for charity, A.V.; a good for of a good, and faith for of faith, A.V. But the end of the charge. Before proceeding with his sentence, in which he was about solemnly to commit the trust of the episcopate of the Church of Ephesus to Timothy, he breaks off abruptly to show the beneficent character of the charge, viz. the furtherance of that brotherly love and purity of heart and life which are the true fruit of the gospel dispensation, but which some, by their false doctrine, were so ruthlessly impeding. Each of these phrases, "a pure heart" and "a good conscience" and "faith unfeigned," seems to rebuke by contrast the merely ceremonial cleanness and the defiled conscience and the merely nominal Christianity of these heretical Judaizers (comp. Titus 1:10-16). Now the end of the commandment is charity,.... By the "commandment" may be meant, the order given to Timothy, or the charge committed to him; see 1 Timothy 1:18 to forbid the teaching of another doctrine, and to avoid fables and endless genealogies; the end and design of which was to cultivate peace, to maintain and secure brotherly love, which cannot long subsist, when a different doctrine is introduced and received; and to promote godly edification, which is brought about by charity or love, for charity edifies; but is greatly hindered by speculative notions, fabulous stories, and genealogical controversies and contentions: or by it may be intended the ministration of the Gospel, called the commandment, 1 Timothy 6:14, because enjoined the preachers of it by Christ; the end of which is to bring persons to the obedience of faith, or to that faith which works by love, to believe in Christ, to love the Lord, his truths, ordinances, people, and ways; or rather the moral law is designed, which is often called the commandment, Romans 7:8 since of this the apostle treats in some following verses; the end and design, sum and substance, completion and perfection of which law are love to God, and love to one another; see Matthew 22:36, which charity or love, when right,

springs out of a pure heart; which no man has naturally; every man's heart is naturally impure; nor can he make it pure; by the strength of nature, or by anything that he can do: there are some that are pure in their own eyes, and in the esteem of others, and yet are not cleansed from their filthiness, and are inwardly full of all manner of impurity; though there are some that have pure hearts, and they are such, who have clean hearts created in them by the Spirit of God; who are regenerated and sanctified by him; whose hearts are purified by faith; and who have their hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience by the blood of Christ; and who are not double minded, speak with a heart and a heart, but whose hearts are sincere and upright, and without hypocrisy; so that charity or love, from such a heart, is love without dissimulation, which is not in tongue and words only, but in deed and in truth; it is an unfeigned love, or loving with a pure heart fervently,

And of a good conscience; there is a conscience in every man, that accuses or excuses, unless it is cauterized or seared: but this conscience is naturally evil and defiled, and does not perform its office aright; either it takes no notice of, and is not concerned about sin, and has no remorse for it, or it takes notice of little things, and lets pass greater ones, or speaks peace when destruction is at hand: a good conscience is a conscience purified by the grace of God, and purged from dead works by the blood of Christ; under the influence of which a man acts uprightly in the discharge of his duty, and exercises a conscience void of offence towards God and man; and charity, proceeding from such a conscience, is of the right kind: and of faith unfeigned; with which a man really, and from the heart, believes what he professes; so did not Simon Magus, and all other temporary believers, whose faith is a feigned faith, a dead and inactive one; whereas true faith is an operative grace, it is attended with good works, and particularly it works by love: and that charity or love, which springs from faith unfeigned, is unfeigned love also, such as answers the design, and is the substance of the commandment. These words may be considered in a gradation, or as a spiritual genealogy, in opposition to the endless ones before mentioned, thus; that charity which is the end of the commandment comes out of a pure heart, out of which proceeds a good conscience, and from thence faith unfeigned. But the other way of interpreting seems best. 5. But—in contrast to the doctrine of the false teachers.

the end—the aim.

the commandment—Greek, "of the charge" which you ought to urge on your flock. Referring to the same Greek word as in 1Ti 1:3, 18; here, however, in a larger sense, as including the Gospel "dispensation of God" (see on [2463]1Ti 1:4; [2464]1Ti 1:11), which was the sum and substance of the "charge" committed to Timothy wherewith he should "charge" his flock.

charity—LOVE; the sum and end of the law and of the Gospel alike, and that wherein the Gospel is the fulfilment of the spirit of the law in its every essential jot and tittle (Ro 13:10). The foundation is faith (1Ti 1:4), the "end" is love (1Ti 1:14; Tit 3:15).

out of—springing as from a fountain.

pure heart—a heart purified by faith (Ac 15:9; 2Ti 2:22; Tit 1:15).

good conscience—a conscience cleared from guilt by the effect of sound faith in Christ (1Ti 1:19; 1Ti 3:9; 2Ti 1:3; 1Pe 3:21). Contrast 1Ti 4:2; Tit 1:15; compare Ac 23:1. John uses "heart," where Paul would use "conscience." In Paul the understanding is the seat of conscience; the heart is the seat of love [Bengel]. A good conscience is joined with sound faith; a bad conscience with unsoundness in the faith (compare Heb 9:14).

faith unfeigned—not a hypocritical, dead, and unfruitful faith, but faith working by love (Ga 5:6). The false teachers drew men off from such a loving, working, real faith, to profitless, speculative "questions" (1Ti 1:4) and jangling (1Ti 1:6).1:5-11 Whatever tends to weaken love to God, or love to the brethren, tends to defeat the end of the commandment. The design of the gospel is answered, when sinners, through repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ, are brought to exercise Christian love. And as believers were righteous persons in God's appointed way, the law was not against them. But unless we are made righteous by faith in Christ, really repenting and forsaking sin, we are yet under the curse of the law, even according to the gospel of the blessed God, and are unfit to share the holy happiness of heaven.
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