1 Timothy 3:16
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New International Version
Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

New Living Translation
Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the nations. He was believed in throughout the world and taken to heaven in glory.

English Standard Version
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Berean Study Bible
By common confession, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, was taken up in glory.

Berean Literal Bible
And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: Who was revealed in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.

New American Standard Bible
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

King James Bible
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

International Standard Version
By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit's might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!

NET Bible
And we all agree, our religion contains amazing revelation: He was revealed in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

New Heart English Bible
Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: He was revealed in the flesh, justified by the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And this Mystery of Righteousness is truly great, which was revealed in the flesh and was justified in The Spirit; He appeared to Angels and was preached among the Gentiles; He was trusted in the world and he ascended into glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The mystery that gives us our reverence for God is acknowledged to be great: He appeared in his human nature, was approved by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was announced throughout the nations, was believed in the world, and was taken to heaven in glory.

New American Standard 1977
And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness:
            He who was revealed in the flesh,
            Was vindicated in the Spirit,
            Beheld by angels,
            Proclaimed among the nations,
            Believed on in the world,
            Taken up in glory.



Jubilee Bible 2000
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

King James 2000 Bible
And without doubt great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

American King James Version
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

American Standard Version
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And evidently great is the mystery of godliness, which was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, appeared unto angels, hath been preached unto the Gentiles, is believed in the world, is taken up in glory.

Darby Bible Translation
And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in [the] Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among [the] nations, has been believed on in [the] world, has been received up in glory.

English Revised Version
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen of angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, received up in glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Weymouth New Testament
And, beyond controversy, great is the mystery of our religion-- that Christ appeared in human form, and His claims justified by the Spirit, was seen by angels and proclaimed among Gentile nations, was believed on in the world, and received up again into glory.

World English Bible
Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

Young's Literal Translation
and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:14-16 The church is the house of God; he dwells there. The church holds forth the Scripture and the doctrine of Christ, as a pillar holds forth a proclamation. When a church ceases to be the pillar and ground of truth, we may and ought to forsake her; for our regard to truth should be first and greatest. The mystery of godliness is Christ. He is God, who was made flesh, and was manifest in the flesh. God was pleased to manifest himself to man, by his own Son taking the nature of man. Though reproached as a sinner, and put to death as a malefactor, Christ was raised again by the Spirit, and so was justified from all the false charges with which he was loaded. Angels ministered to him, for he is the Lord of angels. The Gentiles welcomed the gospel which the Jews rejected. Let us remember that God was manifest in the flesh, to take away our sins, to redeem us from all iniquity, and to purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These doctrines must be shown forth by the fruits of the Spirit in our lives.
Study Bible
The Mystery of Godliness
15so that, if I am delayed, you will know how each one must conduct himself in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16By common confession, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was proclaimed among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, was taken up in glory.
Cross References
Mark 16:19
After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, He was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God.

Luke 2:13
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:

Luke 24:4
While they were puzzling over this, suddenly two men in radiant apparel stood beside them.

John 1:14
The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Acts 1:9
After He had said this, they watched as He was taken up, and a cloud hid Him from their sight.

Romans 3:4
Absolutely not! Let God be true and every man a liar. As it is written: "So that You may be justified in Your words, and prevail in Your judgments."

Romans 16:25
Now to Him who is able to strengthen you by my gospel and by the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery concealed for ages past,

Romans 16:26
but now revealed and made known through the writings of the prophets by the command of the eternal God, in order to lead all the nations to the obedience that comes from faith--

2 Corinthians 1:19
For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was proclaimed among you by me and Silvanus and Timothy, was not "Yes" and "No," but in Him it has always been "Yes."

Colossians 1:23
if indeed you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope of the gospel you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Treasury of Scripture

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

without.

Hebrews 7:7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

the mystery.

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

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Corinthians 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, …

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

Ephesians 3:3-9 How that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote …

Ephesians 6:19 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Colossians 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, …

2 Thessalonians 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity does already work: only he who now lets …

Revelation 17:5,7 And on her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, …

God.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin …

Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given: and the government …

Jeremiah 23:5,6 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that I will raise to David …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, …

John 1:1,2,14 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the …

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the …

Romans 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, …

Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ …

1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.

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

Philippians 2:6-8 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God…

Colossians 1:16-18 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Hebrews 2:9-13 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for …

1 John 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, …

Revelation 1:17,18 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right …

manifest. Gr. manifested.

1 John 3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

justified.

Isaiah 50:5-7 The Lord GOD has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, neither …

Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: …

John 1:32,33 And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven …

John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send to you from the …

John 16:8,9 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, …

Acts 2:32-36 This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses…

Romans 1:3,4 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed …

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

1 John 5:6-8 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by …

seen.

Psalm 68:17,18 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: …

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaves him, and, behold, angels came and ministered to him.

Matthew 28:2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord …

Mark 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; …

Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulcher, they saw a young man sitting on …

Luke 2:10-14 And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good …

Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel to him from heaven, strengthening him.

Luke 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, …

John 20:12 And sees two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the …

Acts 1:10,11 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, …

Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now to the principalities and powers in heavenly …

1 Peter 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to us they did …

preached.

Luke 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.

Acts 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that …

Acts 13:46-48 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that …

Romans 10:12,18 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the …

Galatians 2:8 (For he that worked effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the …

Ephesians 3:5-8 Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it …

Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of …

believed.

Acts 14:27 And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they …

Colossians 1:6,23 Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and brings forth …

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, see, a great multitude, which no man could …

received.

Mark 16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken to them, he was received up into …

Luke 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, …

John 6:62 What and if you shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

John 13:3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, …

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, …

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify you me with your own self with the glory …

Acts 1:1-9,19 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus …

Ephesians 4:8-10 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his …

Hebrews 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such …

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

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