1 Timothy 2:10
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New International Version
but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

New Living Translation
For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.

English Standard Version
but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.

Berean Study Bible
but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess to worship God.

Berean Literal Bible
but with what is becoming to women, professing the fear of God through good works.

New American Standard Bible
but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.

King James Bible
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but with good works, as is proper for women who affirm that they worship God.

International Standard Version
but through good actions. This is proper for women who claim to revere God.

NET Bible
but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God.

New Heart English Bible
but (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But with good works, just as it is suitable for women who profess the worship of God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This is what is proper for women who claim to have reverence for God.

New American Standard 1977
but rather by means of good works, as befits women making a claim to godliness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
but with good works (as becomes women professing godliness).

King James 2000 Bible
But (as becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

American King James Version
But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

American Standard Version
but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as it becometh women professing godliness, with good works.

Darby Bible Translation
but, what becomes women making profession of the fear of God, by good works.

English Revised Version
but (which becometh women professing godliness) through good works.

Webster's Bible Translation
But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

Weymouth New Testament
but--as befits women making a claim to godliness--with the ornament of good works.

World English Bible
but (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

Young's Literal Translation
but -- which becometh women professing godly piety -- through good works.
Study Bible
Instructions to Women
9Likewise, I want the women to adorn themselves with respectable apparel, with modesty, and with self-control, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess to worship God. 11A woman must learn in quietness and full submissiveness.…
Cross References
Proverbs 31:25
Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.

1 Timothy 2:9
Likewise, I want the women to adorn themselves with respectable apparel, with modesty, and with self-control, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes,

1 Timothy 2:11
A woman must learn in quietness and full submissiveness.
Treasury of Scripture

But (which becomes women professing godliness) with good works.

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1 Peter 3:3-5 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the …

2 Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner …

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1 Timothy 5:6-10 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives…

Proverbs 31:31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise …

Acts 9:36,39 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly…

1 Peter 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas …

2 Peter 1:6-8 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience …

Revelation 2:19 I know your works, and charity, and service, and faith, and your …

(10) But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.--That is to say, "Let them adorn themselves in that which is befitting women who profess godliness--viz., in good works." The Apostle, still speaking of women's true part in public divine service--urges that their works should be in accord with their words of prayer--tells them that a woman's truest and most beautiful ornament consisted in those tender works of mercy and pity--her peculiar province--in other words, that they, like Dorcas of Joppa, whose praise is in the Book of Life, "should be full of good works and alms deeds" (Acts 9:36).

Verse 10. - Through for with, A.V. (The change from "with" to "through" is quite unnecessary, though more strictly accurate. "With" does equally well for ἐν and διά, the one applied to the ornaments and dress in or with which the woman adorns herself, the other to the good works by which she is adorned.) Professing godliness. In all ether passages in the New Testament where it occurs, ἐπαγγέλλεσθαι means "to promise," except in 1 Timothy 6:21, where, as here, it means "to profess," as it frequently does in classical Greek: Απαγγέλλεσθαι ἀρετήν σοφίαν, etc. Θεοσεβεία only occurs here in the New Testament; but it is used in the LXX. in Job 28:28; Genesis 20:11; also in Xenophon. In John 9:31 we have Θεοσεβής, "a worshipper of God." Through good works. Compare the description of Dorcas (Acts 9:36, 39). Ἔργα ἀγαθά mean especially acts of charity (comp. 1 Timothy 5:10; 2 Corinthians 9:8, 9; Colossians 1:11; elsewhere it is us, d more generally, like ἔργα καλά, though this phrase also sometimes points especially to acts of charity, as in 1 Timothy 5:10; 1 Timothy 6:18; Titus 3:14; Hebrews 10:24). But (which becometh women professing god likeness),.... By which is meant not any particular grace, was it, the fear of God might be designed, and so the Syriac version renders it; nor the whole of internal religion only; nor the form of godliness, or the whole scheme of Gospel truth, which is according to godliness; nor only outward holiness of life and conversation; but the whole of all this, all religion, internal and external, the whole of godliness, both in a doctrinal and in a practical way. All this, these women the apostle gives directions unto, had made a profession of, and had been baptized upon it, and received members of churches; and as yet held their profession: and such persons, it best became them not so much to adorn themselves with any outward adornings, as

with good works; such as are mentioned in 1 Thessalonians 5:10 Good works are like good clothes, to which the apostle alludes; they do not make persons men and women, but they adorn them as such; so good works, they do not make men and women Christians, or believers, but they adorn them as such; they are ornaments to their persons, and to their profession, and to the Gospel they profess. See Titus 2:10. 10. professing—Greek, "promising": engaging to follow.

with good works—The Greek preposition is not the same as in 1Ti 2:9; "by means of," or "through good works." Their adorning is to be effected by means of good works: not that they are to be clothed in, or with, them (Eph 2:10). Works, not words in public, is their province (1Ti 2:8, 11, 12; 1Pe 3:1). Works are often mentioned in the Pastoral Epistles in order to oppose the loose living, combined with the loose doctrine, of the false teachers. The discharge of everyday duties is honored with the designation, "good works."2:8-15 Under the gospel, prayer is not to be confined to any one particular house of prayer, but men must pray every where. We must pray in our closets, pray in our families, pray at our meals, pray when we are on journeys, and pray in the solemn assemblies, whether more public or private. We must pray in charity; without wrath, or malice, or anger at any person. We must pray in faith, without doubting, and without disputing. Women who profess the Christian religion, must be modest in apparel, not affecting gaudiness, gaiety, or costliness. Good works are the best ornament; these are, in the sight of God, of great price. Modesty and neatness are more to be consulted in garments than elegance and fashion. And it would be well if the professors of serious godliness were wholly free from vanity in dress. They should spend more time and money in relieving the sick and distressed, than in decorating themselves and their children. To do this in a manner unsuitable to their rank in life, and their profession of godliness, is sinful. These are not trifles, but Divine commands. The best ornaments for professors of godliness, are good works. According to St. Paul, women are not allowed to be public teachers in the church; for teaching is an office of authority. But good women may and ought to teach their children at home the principles of true religion. Also, women must not think themselves excused from learning what is necessary to salvation, though they must not usurp authority. As woman was last in the creation, which is one reason for her subjection, so she was first in the transgression. But there is a word of comfort; that those who continue in sobriety, shall be saved in child-bearing, or with child-bearing, by the Messiah, who was born of a woman. And the especial sorrow to which the female sex is subject, should cause men to exercise their authority with much gentleness, tenderness, and affection.
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