1 Timothy 6:11
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New International Version
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.

New Living Translation
But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

English Standard Version
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

New American Standard Bible
But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.

King James Bible
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.

International Standard Version
But you, man of God, must flee from all these things. Instead, you must pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.

NET Bible
But you, as a person dedicated to God, keep away from all that. Instead pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, endurance, and gentleness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you, Oh man of God, escape from these things, and run after righteousness, after justice, after faith, after love, after patience and after humility.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But you, man of God, must avoid these things. Pursue what God approves of: a godly life, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But thou, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, charity, tolerance, meekness.

King James 2000 Bible
But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

American King James Version
But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

American Standard Version
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.

Darby Bible Translation
But *thou*, O man of God, flee these things, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness of spirit.

English Revised Version
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Webster's Bible Translation
But thou, O man of God, flee from these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Weymouth New Testament
But you, O man of God, must flee from these things; and strive for uprightness, godliness, good faith, love, fortitude, and a forgiving temper.

World English Bible
But you, man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou, O man of God, these things flee, and pursue righteousness, piety, faith, love, endurance, meekness;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:11-16 It ill becomes any men, but especially men of God, to set their hearts upon the things of this world; men of God should be taken up with the things of God. There must be a conflict with corruption, and temptations, and the powers of darkness. Eternal life is the crown proposed for our encouragement. We are called to lay hold thereon. To the rich must especially be pointed out their dangers and duties, as to the proper use of wealth. But who can give such a charge, that is not himself above the love of things that wealth can buy? The appearing of Christ is certain, but it is not for us to know the time. Mortal eyes cannot bear the brightness of the Divine glory. None can approach him except as he is made known unto sinners in and by Christ. The Godhead is here adored without distinction of Persons, as all these things are properly spoken, whether of the Father, the Son, or the Holy Ghost. God is revealed to us, only in and through the human nature of Christ, as the only begotten Son of the Father.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - O man of God. The force of this address is very great. It indicates that the money-lovers just spoken of were not and could not be "men of God," whatever they might profess; and it leads with singular strength to the opposite direction in which Timothy's aspirations should point. The treasures which he must covet as "a man of God" were "righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience meekness." For the phrase, "man of God," see 2 Timothy 3:17 and 2 Peter 1:21. In the Old Testament it always applies to a prophet (Deuteronomy 33:1; Judges 13:6; 1 Samuel 2:27; 1 Kings 12:22; 2 Kings 1:9; Jeremiah 35:4; and a great many other passages). St. Paul uses the expression with especial reference to Timothy and his holy office, and here, perhaps, in contrast with the τοὺς ἀνθρώπους mentioned in ver. 9. Flee these things. Note the sharp contrast between "the men" of the world, who reach after, and the man of God, who avoids, φιλαργυρία. The expression, "these things," is a little loose, but seems to apply to the love of money, and the desire to be rich, with all their attendant "foolish and hurtful lusts." The man of God avoids the perdition and maul fold sorrows of the covetous, by avoiding the covetousness which is their root. Follow after (δίωκε); pursue, in direct contrast with φεύγε, flee from, avoid (see 2 Timothy 2:22). Meekness (πρα'υπαθείαν). This rare word, found in Philo, but nowhere in the New Testament, is the reading of the R.T. (instead of the πρᾳο;τητα of the T.R.) and accepted by almost all critics on the authority of all the older manuscripts. It has no perceptible difference of meaning from πραότης, meekness or gentleness.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But thou, O man of God,.... Not only by creation, as every man is; nor merely by special grace, as everyone is, that is chosen of God, redeemed by Christ, and regenerated and sanctified by the Spirit; but by his peculiar office, as an evangelist and minister of the word, being qualified for, and devoted to, and employed in the service of God. The phrase is taken out of the Old Testament, where the prophets, Elijah and Elisha, are so called, 2 Kings 1:9,

flee these things; the Arabic version reads "these abominations"; namely, all questions and strifes of words, from whence so many evils follow, 1 Timothy 6:4 and all worldly gain, selfish interest, and mercenary views in religion; a wicked resolution to be rich, at any rate, and an immoderate love of the things of the world, and an eager pursuit after them, which expose to great danger, and even utter ruin; things very unbecoming any professor of religion, but much more a minister of the Gospel.

And follow after righteousness; not for justification before God, that he had followed after, and attained unto, which is the righteousness of Christ, and not of the law; but for the honour of religion before men; and intends the doing of justice between man and man, giving everyone their own, which in undue affection for the world sometimes leads men from:

godliness; spiritual religion, holiness of heart, and conversation, which has the promise of this life, as well as of the other, and with contentment is great gain; wherefore to pursue this is much better than greedily to run after the riches of this world, or with the false teachers to suppose that godliness lies in worldly gain, or in securing to a man his worldly interest:

faith; the grace of faith, which looks not to things seen, which are temporal, but to things not seen, which are eternal; and leads off the mind from sublunary enjoyments to God, and Christ, and the glories of another world; and is the leading grace to all others, and the foundation of good works, without which there is no pleasing in acts of moral righteousness, or in any acts of religious worship, which may be called godliness:

love; to God, which is inconsistent with serving mammon, or with an immoderate love of money; and to Christ, which will put a man on seeking, not his own things, but the things of Christ; and to the saints, which will direct him to serve them by acts of beneficence and liberality:

patience; in bearing reproaches and indignities; in suffering injuries, loss of goods, imprisonment, and every sort of persecution, for the sake of the Gospel; which a covetous disposition will not admit of: last of all,

meekness; or humility, not seeking great things, but being content with a lower station of life; for generally it is pride that puts men upon a determination to be rich at any rate: it may also design meekness in instructing the ignorant, in refuting error, and in reproving offenders.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. But thou—in contrast to the "some" (1Ti 6:10).

man of God—who hast God as thy true riches (Ge 15:1; Ps 16:5; La 3:24). Applying primarily to Timothy as a minister (compare 2Pe 1:21), just as the term was used of Moses (De 33:1), Samuel (1Sa 9:6), Elijah, and Elisha; but, as the exhortation is as to duties incumbent also on all Christians, the term applies secondarily to him (so 2Ti 3:17) as a Christian man born of God (Jas 1:18; 1Jo 5:1), no longer a man of the world raised above earthly things; therefore, God's property, not his own, bought with a price, and so having parted with all right in himself: Christ's work is to be his great work: he is to be Christ's living representative.

flee these things—namely, "the love of money" with its evil results (1Ti 6:9, 10).

follow after righteousness—(2Ti 2:22).

godliness—"piety." Righteousness is more in relation to our fellow man; piety ("godliness") to God"; faith is the root of both (see on [2484]Tit 2:12).

love—by which "faith worketh."

patience—enduring perseverance amidst trials.

meekness—The oldest manuscripts read, "meek-spiritedness," namely, towards the opponents of the Gospel.

1 Timothy 6:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Fight the Good Fight
11But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.…
Cross References
Proverbs 15:9
The LORD detests the way of the wicked, but he loves those who pursue righteousness.

1 Timothy 1:14
The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:21
Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

2 Timothy 2:22
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

2 Timothy 3:10
You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance,

2 Timothy 3:17
so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Treasury of Scripture

But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

But.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

O man.

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane …

Deuteronomy 33:1 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed …

1 Samuel 2:27 And there came a man of God to Eli, and said to him, Thus said the …

1 Samuel 9:6 And he said to him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, …

1 Kings 13:1,26 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of …

1 Kings 17:18,24 And she said to Elijah, What have I to do with you, O you man of …

1 Kings 20:28 And there came a man of God, and spoke to the king of Israel, and …

2 Kings 1:9,13 Then the king sent to him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And …

2 Kings 5:20 But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my …

2 Kings 23:17 Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city …

1 Chronicles 23:14 Now concerning Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.

2 Chronicles 8:14 And he appointed, according to the order of David his father, the …

Nehemiah 12:24,36 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the …

Jeremiah 35:4 And I brought them into the house of the LORD, into the chamber of …

2 Timothy 3:17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works.

flee.

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; …

1 Corinthians 10:14 Why, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

and.

1 Timothy 5:10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, …

Deuteronomy 16:20 That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, …

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I …

Isaiah 51:1 Listen to me, you that follow after righteousness, you that seek …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

2 Timothy 2:22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

1 Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

righteousness.

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Philippians 4:8,9 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men…

2 Peter 1:5-7 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; …

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