1 Timothy 1:8
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New International Version
We know that the law is good if one uses it properly.

New Living Translation
We know that the law is good when used correctly.

English Standard Version
Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

Berean Study Bible
Now we know that the Law is good, if one uses it legitimately.

Berean Literal Bible
Now we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

New American Standard Bible
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

King James Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But we know that the law is good, provided one uses it legitimately.

International Standard Version
Of course, we know that the Law is good if a person uses it legitimately,

NET Bible
But we know that the law is good if someone uses it legitimately,

New Heart English Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we know that The Written Law is good if a man will be led by it, according to The Written Law,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We know that Moses' Teachings are good if they are used as they were intended to be used.

New American Standard 1977
But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully,

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it legitimately,

King James 2000 Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully;

American King James Version
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

American Standard Version
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully:

Darby Bible Translation
Now we know that the law [is] good if any one uses it lawfully,

English Revised Version
But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully,

Webster's Bible Translation
But we know that the law is good, if a man useth it lawfully;

Weymouth New Testament
Now we know that the Law is good, if a man uses it in the way it should be used,

World English Bible
But we know that the law is good, if a man uses it lawfully,

Young's Literal Translation
and we have known that the law is good, if any one may use it lawfully;
Study Bible
Warning against False Teaching
7They want to be teachers of the Law, but they do not understand what they are saying or that which they so confidently assert. 8Now we know that the Law is good, if one uses it legitimately. 9We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers,…
Cross References
Romans 7:12
So then, the Law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous, and good.

Romans 7:16
And if I do what I do not desire, I admit that the Law is good.
Treasury of Scripture

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

the law.

Deuteronomy 4:6-8 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding …

Nehemiah 9:13 You came down also on mount Sinai, and spoke with them from heaven, …

Psalm 19:7-10 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:96-105,127,128 I have seen an end of all perfection: but your commandment is exceeding broad…

Romans 7:12,13,16 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good…

Romans 7:18,22 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Galatians 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there …

lawfully.

2 Timothy 2:5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except …

(8) But we know.--Better, Now we know: a strong expression of his knowledge, learned in the school of the Holy Ghost. He spoke with the conscious authority of an Apostle, confident of the truth of what he preached and taught.

That the law is good, if a man use it lawfully.--"The Law is good," St. Paul declared with apostolic authoritative knowledge, "should a man--i.e., a teacher of the Law--make use of it lawfully; if he should use it so as to make men conscious of their sins, conscious that of themselves they deserve no mercy, only punishment." To press this sorrowful knowledge was the Law's true work upon men. It was never intended to supply materials for casuistry and idle, profitless arguments. It was never meant as a system out of which man might draw material for self-deception. It was never meant as a system through which a man might imagine that by a compliance, more or less rigid, with its outer ritual he was satisfying all the higher requirements of justice and truth.

Verse 8. - The Law is good (see the similar statement in Romans 7:12). The Jews thought that St. Paul spoke against the Law (comp. Acts 6:13, 14), because he vindicated its true use (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:24; Galatians 4:4, 5, etc.). But he everywhere speaks of the Law as good and holy. If a man - i.e., a teacher of the Law - use it lawfully; knowing its proper use, as it follows in the next verse. But we know that the law is good,.... The apostle says this to prevent an objection that might be made to him, that seeing he bore so hard on such who were fond of being teachers of the law, he was himself against the law, and the preaching and proper use of it; but this he would not have concluded, for he and his fellow labourers in the ministry, and all true believers know, from the Scriptures of truth, from the agreement of the law with the Gospel, and from their own experience, that the law is good, provided it be used in a lawful way, and to lawful purposes: and this is to be understood not of the ceremonial law, which was now disannulled, because of the weakness and unprofitableness of it, so that there was no lawful use of that; but of the moral law, which must needs be good, since the author of it is God, who is only good; and nothing but good can come from him: the law, strictly moral, is a copy of his nature, transcribed out of himself, as well as with his own hands; and is a declaration of his will, and is stamped with his authority, and therefore must be good: the matter of it is good, it contains good, yea, great and excellent things; the matter of it is honestly and morally good, as to love mercy, do justice, and walk humbly with God: and it is pleasantly good to a regenerate man, who loves it, and delights in it after the inner man, and serves it with his spirit; though the carnal mind cannot be subject to it, but rejects it, and rebels against it: and it is also profitably good; for though obedience to it is not profitable to God, yet it is to men; and though eternal life is not obtained hereby, nor any reward given for keeping it, yet in keeping it there is a reward; and that peace is enjoyed, which the transgressors of it are strangers to: it is good in the uses of it, both to sinners and to saints. To sinners it is useful for the knowledge of sin, to convince of it, and bring them to a sense of it, and concern for it, which is effectually done, when the Spirit of God sets in with it, or brings this commandment home to the heart; and if it has not this use, it is sometimes a means of restraining men from sin, which is the use of civil laws among men; and if it has not this, it is of use however to accuse men rightly of sin, and to pronounce justly guilty before God for it, to curse them as they deserve it, and to sentence to condemnation and death: and to believers it is of use, though they are not under it as in the hands of Moses, and as a covenant of works, and are freed from its curse and condemnation, and under no obligation to seek for life and righteousness by it; to them it is of use, to point out to them what is the will of God, and what should be done, and not done; and it is a rule of walk and conversation to them, as in the hands of Christ; and is as a glass to them to behold their own deformity, the impurity of their nature, the plague of their own hearts, and the imperfection of their obedience; by which they see the insufficiency of their own righteousness, how far they are from perfection, and what carnal creatures they are, when compared with this law: and as this serves to put them out of conceit with themselves, so it tends to make Christ and his righteousness more lovely and valuable in their esteem; who has wrought out a righteousness as broad and as long as the law is, and by which it is magnified and made honourable, and has delivered them from its curse and condemnation. And this law is good as it is holy, in its author, nature, and use; and as it is just, requiring just things, and doing that which is just, by acquitting those who are interested in Christ's righteousness, and in condemning those that have no righteousness; and as it is a spiritual and perfect law, which reaches the spirit and soul of man, and is concerned with inward thoughts and motions, as well as outward actions; and especially the end of it, the fulfilling end of it is good, which is Jesus Christ, who was made under it, came to fulfil it, and has answered all the demands of it: so that it must be good, and which cannot be denied,

if a man use it lawfully; for if it is used in order to obtain life, righteousness, and salvation by the works of it, or by obedience to it, it is used unlawfully: for the law does not give life, nor can righteousness come by it; nor are, or can men be saved by the works of it; to use the law for such purposes, is to abuse it, as the false teachers did, and make that which is good in itself, and in its proper use, to do what is evil; namely, to obscure and frustrate the grace of God, and make null and void the sufferings and death of Christ. A lawful use of the law is to obey it, as in the hands of Christ, the King of saints, and lawgiver in his church, from a principle of love to him, in the exercise of faith on him, without any mercenary selfish views, without trusting to, or depending on, what is done in obedience to it, but with a view to the glory of God, to testify our subjection to Christ, and our gratitude to him for favours received from him. 8. But—"Now we know" (Ro 3:19; 7:14).

law is good—in full agreement with God's holiness and goodness.

if a man—primarily, a teacher; then, every Christian.

use it lawfully—in its lawful place in the Gospel economy, namely, not as a means of a "'righteous man" attaining higher perfection than could be attained by the Gospel alone (1Ti 4:8; Tit 1:14), which was the perverted use to which the false teachers put it, but as a means of awakening the sense of sin in the ungodly (1Ti 1:9, 10; compare Ro 7:7-12; Ga 3:21).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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