1 Timothy 2:6
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New International Version
who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

New Living Translation
He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

English Standard Version
who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Berean Study Bible
who gave Himself as a ransom for all--the testimony that was given at just the right time.

Berean Literal Bible
the One having given Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony in their own proper times,

New American Standard Bible
who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.

King James Bible
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who gave Himself--a ransom for all, a testimony at the proper time.

International Standard Version
He gave himself as a ransom for everyone, the testimony at the proper time.

NET Bible
who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God's purpose at his appointed time.

New Heart English Bible
who gave himself as a ransom for all; the testimony in its own times;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Who gave himself a ransom in the place of every person, a testimony that has come in its time,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He sacrificed himself for all people to free them from their sins. This message is valid for every era.

New American Standard 1977
who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who gave himself in ransom for all, the testimony of which was confirmed at the time,

King James 2000 Bible
Who gave himself a ransom for all, this to be a testimony at the proper time.

American King James Version
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

American Standard Version
who gave himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be borne in its own times;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who gave himself a redemption for all, a testimony in due times.

Darby Bible Translation
who gave himself a ransom for all, the testimony [to be rendered] in its own times;

English Revised Version
who gave himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be borne in its own times;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Weymouth New Testament
who gave Himself as the redemption price for all--a fact testified to at its own appointed time,

World English Bible
who gave himself as a ransom for all; the testimony in its own times;

Young's Literal Translation
who did give himself a ransom for all -- the testimony in its own times --
Study Bible
A Call to Prayer
5For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6who gave Himself as a ransom for all — the testimony that was given at just the right time. 7For this reason I was appointed as a herald, an apostle, and a faithful and true teacher of the Gentiles. I am telling the truth; I am not lying about anything.…
Cross References
Matthew 20:28
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."

Mark 1:15
"The time is fulfilled," He said, "and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!"

1 Corinthians 1:6
because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you.

Galatians 1:4
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

Galatians 4:4
But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law,

1 Timothy 6:15
which God will bring about in His own time--He who is blessed and the only Sovereign One, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Titus 1:3
In His own time, He has revealed His message in the proclamation entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior.

Titus 2:14
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.


Job 33:24 Then he is gracious to him, and said, Deliver him from going down …

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his …

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

John 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat …

John 10:15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down …

2 Corinthians 5:14,15,21 For the love of Christ constrains us; because we thus judge, that …

Ephesians 1:7,17 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

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

Hebrews 9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he …

1 Peter 1:18,19 For as much as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible …

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that …

1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, …

1 John 2:1,2 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not. …

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, You are worthy to take the book, …

to be testified. or, a testimony.

1 Corinthians 1:6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints…

2 Timothy 1:8 Be not you therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of …

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and …


1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, …

Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, …

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, …

Ephesians 1:9,10 Having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his …

Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Titus 1:3 But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which …

(6) Who gave himself a ransom for all.--The declaration (of 1Timothy 2:5) that there was one God for fallen man would have been scarcely a joyful proclamation had it not been immediately followed by the announcement that between that one God and sinning man there was a mediator, Now (in 1Timothy 2:6) we have in a few words the inspired description of the manner in which the Mediator performed His office and work; of His own free sovereign will; He yielded up Himself to death as the price of the redemption of all mankind--His life in exchange for their forfeited lives.

St. Paul's teaching here is very definite, and is utterly irreconcilable with much of the popular (so-called) theology of the day, which rejects this great Christian doctrine, so clearly taught here by St. Paul, of a "satisfactio vicaria." This teaching asserts, that without pleading the death of Christ, we may, if we please, approach and find access to the Father, and such teaching as this passage shows is irreconcilable with gospel truth.

To be testified in due time.--Better rendered, "witness of which was to be borne in its own times. The meaning of the words is," Jesus Christ in the eternal counsels, gave Himself to death as the price of the redemption of fallen man; at the appointed and fitting season He endured this death--this death was the witness to the truth of the tremendous offering made in the counsels of the eternal and ever-blessed Trinity. So St. Chrysostom, who asserts that "the witness to be borne" was given in the death and suffering of the Lord.

Verse 6. - The testimony to be borne in its own times for to be testified in due time, A.V. Τὸ μαρτύριον καιροῖς ἰδιοις. This phrase is somewhat obscure, and is differently explained. But the most literal rendering and the best sense seems to be: " The testimony, at its proper time, to which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle," meaning that the mediation and redemption of Jesus Christ was the subject-matter of that testimony which he Paul was appointed to bear at the proper time. Τὸ μαρτύριον εἰς ο{ must be taken together, without any intervening stop. This accounts for the article τό. The exactly parallel place is Titus 1:1, 2, as a close comparison of the two passages will show. A further proof of the identity of thought in the two passage's is the recurrence in both of the phrase, ἐπιγνωσις ἀληθείας. A ransom (ἀντίλυτρον); here only in the New Testament, but it is used perhaps by Symmachus in Psalm 48:9 (Psalms 49:9, A.V.), where the LXX, have Γὴν τιμὴν τῆς λυτρώσεως τῆς ψυχῆς αὐτοῦ, following the reading יְקַר, instead of יֵקַר as in the Hebrew text. "What means a ransom? They were about to perish, but in their stead he gave his Son, and sent us as heralds to proclaim the cross" (Chrysostom). The equivalent word in the Gospels is ἀντάλλαγμα (Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:87). Ἀντίλυτρον does at seem to differ materially in me, ulna from λύτρον, the common classical word for "ransom" (i.e. redemption money), and used by our Lord of his own life given as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45). It is the price given as an equivalent for setting free the prisoner, or sparing the forfeited life; λυτρόω (Luke 24:21, etc.), λύτρωσις (Luke 1:68, etc.), λυτρωτής (Acts 7:35), ἀπολύτρωσις (Luke 21:28; Romans 3:24, and passim), have all the sense of "redeem," "redemption," and the like. In its own times. The notion of a time specially appointed for Christ's coming into the world is frequently dwelt upon in Scripture; e.g., Galatians 4:4; Ephesians 1:10; Hebrews 1:2 (camp. Acts 17:30, 31; 2 Corinthians 6:2). (See the same phrase, 1 Timothy 6:15.) Who gave himself a ransom for all,.... What the Mediator gave as a ransom for men is "himself", his body and his soul, which were both made an offering for sin; and his life, which is the result of union between soul and body; his whole human nature as in union with his divine person, and so might be truly said to be himself: this he gave into the hands of men, of justice and of death; and that voluntarily, which shows his great love to his people; and also as a "ransom", or a ransom price for them, in their room and stead; to ransom them from the slavery of sin, and damnation by it, from the captivity of Satan, and the bondage of the law, and from the grave, death, hell, ruin, and destruction: and this ransom was given for "all"; not for every individual of mankind, for then all would be delivered, freed, and saved, whereas they are not; or else the ransom price is paid in vain, or God is unjust to receive a sufficient ransom price from Christ, and yet not free the captive, but punish the person for whom he has received satisfaction; neither of which can be said. But the meaning is, either that he gave himself a ransom for many, as in Matthew 20:28 for the Hebrew word to which this answers, signifies sometimes many, a multitude, and sometimes only a part of a multitude, as Kimchi observes (y): or rather it intends that Christ gave himself a ransom for all sorts of men, for men of every rank and quality, of every state and condition, of every age and sex, and for all sorts of sinners, and for some out of every kindred, tongue, people, and nation, for both Jews and Gentiles; which latter may more especially be designed by all, as they are sometimes by the world, and the whole world; and so contains another argument why all sorts of men are to be prayed for, since the same ransom price is given for them; as that for the children of Israel was the same, for the rich as for the poor. We (z) read, that when the people of Israel comforted the high priest upon the death of his wife, or any relation, they used to say to him, , "we are thy atonement", expiation, or ransom; that is, as the commentators (a) explain it, by us thou shalt be atoned, for we will be in thy room and stead, with respect to all things that shall come upon thee; but here the High priest and Mediator is the atonement and ransom for the people:

to be testified in due time; or "a testimony in his own times"; that is, the sum and substance of what is before said is the Gospel, which is a testimony concerning the person, office, and grace of Christ, exhibited in the times of the Messiah, or the Gospel dispensation. Some copies read, "the mystery", which is another word often used for the Gospel; for that that is intended, appears by what follows.

(y) Sepher Shorash. rad. (z) Misna Sanhedrin, c. 2. sect. 1.((a) Jarchi & Bartenona in ib. 6. gave himself—(Tit 2:14). Not only the Father gave Him for us (Joh 3:16); but the Son gave Himself (Php 2:5-8).

ransom—properly of a captive slave. Man was the captive slave of Satan, sold under sin. He was unable to ransom himself, because absolute obedience is due to God, and therefore no act of ours can satisfy for the least offense. Le 25:48 allowed one sold captive to be redeemed by one of his brethren. The Son of God, therefore, became man in order that, being made like unto us in all things, sin only excepted, as our elder brother He should redeem us (Mt 20:28; Eph 1:7; 1Pe 1:18, 19). The Greek implies not merely ransom, but a substituted or equivalent ransom: the Greek preposition, "anti," implying reciprocity and vicarious substitution.

for all—Greek, "in behalf of all": not merely for a privileged few; compare 1Ti 2:1: the argument for praying in behalf of all is given here.

to be testified—Greek, "the testimony (that which was to be testified of, 1Jo 5:8-11) in its own due times," or seasons, that is, in the times appointed by God for its being testified of (1Ti 6:15; Tit 1:3). The oneness of the Mediator, involving the universality of redemption (which faith, however, alone appropriates), was the great subject of Christian testimony [Alford] (1Co 1:6; 2:1; 2Th 1:10).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.
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