1 Timothy 2:4
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New International Version
who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

New Living Translation
who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

English Standard Version
who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

New American Standard Bible
who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

King James Bible
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

International Standard Version
who wants all people to be saved and to come to know the truth fully.

NET Bible
since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who wills that all people shall have Life, and shall be converted to the knowledge of the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He wants all people to be saved and to learn the truth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who desires that all men be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

American King James Version
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

American Standard Version
who would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Darby Bible Translation
who desires that all men should be saved and come to [the] knowledge of [the] truth.

English Revised Version
who willeth that all men should be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Weymouth New Testament
who is willing for all mankind to be saved and come to a full knowledge of the truth.

World English Bible
who desires all people to be saved and come to full knowledge of the truth.

Young's Literal Translation
who doth will all men to be saved, and to come to the full knowledge of the truth;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Willeth that all men should be saved for will have all men to be saved, A.V.; come to for to come unto, A.V. All men, etc.; to show that it is in accordance with God's will to pray for "all men" (ver. 1). (For the doctrinal statement, comp. ver. 6; Titus 2:11; 2 Peter 3:9, etc.)

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who will have all men to be saved,.... The salvation which God wills that all men should enjoy, is not a mere possibility of salvation, or a mere putting them into a salvable state; or an offer of salvation to them; or a proposal of sufficient means of it to all in his word; but a real, certain, and actual salvation, which he has determined they shall have; and is sure from his own appointment, from the provision of Christ as a Saviour for them, from the covenant of grace, in which everything is secured necessary for it, and from the mission of Christ to effect it, and from its being effected by him: wherefore the will of God, that all men should be saved, is not a conditional will, or what depends on the will of man, or on anything to be performed by him, for then none might be saved; and if any should, it would be of him that willeth, contrary to the express words of Scripture; but it is an absolute and unconditional will respecting their salvation, and which infallibly secures it: nor is it such a will as is distinguishable into antecedent and consequent; with the former of which it is said, God wills the salvation of all men, as they are his creatures, and the work of his hands; and with the latter he wills, or not wills it, according to their future conduct and behaviour; but the will of God concerning man's salvation is entirely one, invariable, unalterable, and unchangeable: nor is it merely his will of approbation or complacency, which expresses only what would be grateful and well pleasing, should it be, and which is not always fulfilled; but it is his ordaining, purposing, and determining will, which is never resisted, so as to be frustrated, but is always accomplished: the will of God, the sovereign and unfrustrable will of God, has the governing sway and influence in the salvation of men; it rises from it, and is according to it; and all who are saved God wills they should be saved; nor are any saved, but whom he wills they should be saved: hence by all men, whom God would have saved, cannot be meant every individual of mankind, since it is not his will that all men, in this large sense, should be saved, unless there are two contrary wills in God; for there are some who were before ordained by him unto condemnation, and are vessels of wrath fitted for destruction; and it is his will concerning some, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned; nor is it fact that all are saved, as they would be, if it was his will they should; for who hath resisted his will? but there is a world of ungodly men that will be condemned, and who will go into everlasting punishment: rather therefore all sorts of men, agreeably to the use of the phrase in 1 Timothy 2:1 are here intended, kings and peasants, rich and poor, bond and free, male and female, young and old, greater and lesser sinners; and therefore all are to be prayed for, even all sorts of men, because God will have all men, or all sorts of men, saved; and particularly the Gentiles may be designed, who are sometimes called the world, the whole world, and every creature; whom God would have saved, as well as the Jews, and therefore Heathens, and Heathen magistrates, were to be prayed for as well as Jewish ones. Moreover, the same persons God would have saved, he would have also

come to the knowledge of the truth: of Christ, who is the truth, and to faith in him, and of all the truth of the Gospel, as it is in Jesus; not merely to a notional knowledge of it, which persons may arrive unto, and not be saved, but a spiritual and experimental knowledge of it; and all that are saved are brought to such a knowledge, which is owing to the sovereign will and good pleasure of God, who hides the knowledge of Gospel truths from the wise and prudent, and reveals them to babes: whence it appears, that it is not his will with respect to every individual of mankind; that they should thus come to the knowledge of the truth; for was it his will they should, he would, no doubt, give to every man the means of it, which he has not, nor does he; he suffered all nations to walk in their own ways, and overlooked their times of ignorance, and sent no message nor messenger to inform them of his will; he gave his word to Jacob, and his statutes unto Israel only; and the Gospel is now sent into one part of the world, and not another; and where it does come, it is hid to the most; many are given up to strong delusions to believe a lie, and few are savingly and experimentally acquainted with the truths of the Gospel; though all that are saved are brought to the knowledge of such truths as are necessary to salvation; for they are chosen to it through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. "Imitate God." Since He wishes that all should be saved, do you also wish it; and if you wish it, pray for it. For prayer is the instrument of effecting such things [Chrysostom]. Paul does not say, "He wishes to save all"; for then he would have saved all in matter of fact; but "will have all men to be saved," implies the possibility of man's accepting it (through God's prevenient grace) or rejecting it (through man's own perversity). Our prayers ought to include all, as God's grace included all.

to come—They are not forced.

unto the knowledge—Greek, "the full knowledge" or "recognition" (See on [2467]1Co 13:12; Php 1:9).

the truth—the saving truth as it is in, and by, Jesus (Joh 17:3, 17).

1 Timothy 2:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Call to Prayer
3This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,…
Cross References
Ezekiel 18:23
Do I take any pleasure in the death of the wicked? declares the Sovereign LORD. Rather, am I not pleased when they turn from their ways and live?

Ezekiel 18:32
For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent and live!

Ezekiel 33:11
Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel?'

John 3:17
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Romans 11:14
in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them.

1 Timothy 4:10
That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.

2 Timothy 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

2 Timothy 3:7
always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Titus 1:1
Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ to further the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--

Titus 2:11
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Hebrews 10:26
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,

James 3:14
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

2 John 1:1
The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I only, but also all who know the truth--
Treasury of Scripture

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

will.

Isaiah 45:22 Look to me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am …

Isaiah 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that you should be my servant to …

Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsts, come you to the waters, and he that has …

Ezekiel 18:23,32 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? said the Lord …

Ezekiel 33:11 Say to them, As I live, said the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in …

Luke 14:23 And the lord said to the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, …

John 3:15-17 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life…

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes …

Romans 3:29,30 Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, …

2 Corinthians 5:17-19 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things …

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; …

and.

Matthew 28:19 Go you therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name …

Mark 16:15 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel …

Luke 24:47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his …

Romans 10:12-15 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting …

the knowledge.

Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: …

Habakkuk 2:14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of …

Luke 1:77 To give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man …

John 17:17 Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.

2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure …

2 Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge …

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