1 Timothy 6:14
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New International Version
to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

New Living Translation
that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

English Standard Version
to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Berean Study Bible
Keep this commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Berean Literal Bible
for you to keep the commandment, without stain, above reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

New American Standard Bible
that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

King James Bible
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
to keep the command without fault or failure until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

International Standard Version
to keep these commands stainlessly and blamelessly until the appearance of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah.

NET Bible
to obey this command without fault or failure until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ

New Heart English Bible
that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
That you keep the commandments without defilement and without blemish until the revelation of our Lord Yeshua The Messiah,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I insist that, until our Lord Jesus Christ appears, you obey this command completely. Then you cannot be blamed for doing anything wrong.

New American Standard 1977
that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Jubilee Bible 2000
that thou keep the commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,

King James 2000 Bible
That you keep this commandment without spot, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

American King James Version
That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

American Standard Version
that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Douay-Rheims Bible
That thou keep the commandment without spot, blameless, unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,

Darby Bible Translation
that thou keep the commandment spotless, irreproachable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

English Revised Version
that thou keep the commandment, without spot, without reproach, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Webster's Bible Translation
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Weymouth New Testament
that you keep God's commandments stainlessly and without reproach till the Appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

World English Bible
that you keep the commandment without spot, blameless, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Young's Literal Translation
that thou keep the command unspotted, unblameable, till the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Study Bible
Fight the Good Fight
13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who made the good confession in His testimony before Pontius Pilate: 14Keep this commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which 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.…
Cross References
2 Thessalonians 2:8
And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will slay with the breath of His mouth and abolish by the majesty of His arrival.

2 Peter 2:21
It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and turned away from the holy commandment passed on to them.

2 Peter 3:2
by recalling what was foretold by the holy prophets and commanded by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.

2 Peter 3:14
Therefore, beloved, as you anticipate these things, make every effort to be found at peace with Him, without spot or blemish.
Treasury of Scripture

That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

keep.

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

1 Timothy 4:11-16 These things command and teach…

1 Chronicles 28:9,10,20 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Colossians 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received …

without.

Songs 4:7 You are all fair, my love; there is no spot in you.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having …

Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal …

1 Peter 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish …

2 Peter 3:14 Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that …

unrebukeable.

Philippians 2:15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without …

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

until.

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

Philippians 1:6,10 Being confident of this very thing, that he which has begun a good …

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold …

1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

(14) That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable.--Here St. Paul specifies what was the charge he was commending in such earnest, solemn language to his disciple and representative at Ephesus. It was that he should keep the commandment without spot, unrebukeable. The commandment was the teaching of Jesus Christ, the gospel message, that was to be proclaimed in all its fulness; and that this might be done effectually it was needful that the life of its preacher should be without flaw--blameless; in other words, it was absolutely requisite that the chief pastor in Ephesus should live the life he preached. There were those (the false teachers of whom he had been speaking, well known to Timothy) whose lives had dishonoured the glorious commandment they professed to love and teach.

Until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.--The speedy return of the Lord in glory was, no doubt, looked for in the Church of the first days. The expressions of 1Thessalonians 4:15-18 evidently were written at a time when the second advent of Messiah was looked on as probably near at hand. By slow degrees--as one great teacher of the first days after the other fell asleep in Jesus, and the first generation of believers was rapidly passing away, and no fresh sign of the coming in glory was manifested--the strong expressions used in the first fervour which succeeded the Pentecost morning began to be qualified, as in this Epistle, written far on in St. Paul's life, by words which seemed to say to Timothy: "Keep the Master's commandment pure and blameless till the hour of that glorious Epiphany which your eyes will possibly behold."

Verse 14. - The for this, A.V. without reproach for unrebukable, A.V. The commandment (τὴν ἐντολὴν). The phrase is peculiar, and must have some special meaning. Perhaps, as Bishop Wordsworth expounds it, "the commandment" is that law of faith and duty to which Timothy vowed obedience at his baptism, and is parallel to "the good confession." Some think that the command given in vers. 11, 12 is referred to; and this is the meaning of the A.V. "this." Without spot, without reproach. There is a difference of opinion among commentators, whether these two adjectives (ἄσπιλον ἀνέπιληπτον) belong to the commandment or to the person, i.e. Timothy. The introduction of σέ after τηρῆσαι; the facts that τηρῆσαι τὰς ἐντόλας, without any addition, means "to keep the commandments," and that in the New Testament, ἄσπιλος and ἀνέπιληπτος always are used of persons, not things (James 1:27; 1 Peter 1:19; 2 Peter 3:14; 1 Timothy 3:2, 5:7); and the consideration that the idea of the person being found blameless in, or kept blameless unto, the coming of Christ. is a frequent one in the Epistles (Jude 1:24; 2 Peter 3:14; 1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23), - seem to point strongly, if not conclusively, to the adjectives ἄσπιλον and ἀνεπίληπτον here agreeing with σέ, not with ἐντολήν. The appearing (τὴν ἐπιφανείαν). The thought of the second advent of the Lord Jesus, always prominent in the mind of St. Paul (1 Corinthians 1:7, 8; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:23; Colossians 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:15; 2 Thessalonians 1:9, etc.), seems to have acquired fresh intensity amidst the troubles and dangers of the closing years of his life, both as an object of hope and as a motive of action (2 Timothy 1:10; 2 Timothy 2:12; 2 Timothy 4:1, 8; Titus 2:13). That thou keep this commandment,.... Meaning either what he had now last of all enjoined him, to fight the good fight of faith; or the whole of the orders he had given him throughout the epistle, relating both to the doctrine and discipline of the house of God; or rather the work and office of preaching the Gospel, which was committed to him by the Holy Ghost, and enjoined him by the commandment of the everlasting God: and this the apostle, before God and Christ, charges him to observe and keep, in the following manner,

without spot, and unrebukeable; the sense is, that he would discharge his ministerial function with all faithfulness and purity; that he would sincerely, and without any adulteration, preach the pure Gospel of Christ; and that he would so behave in his life and conversation, that his ministry might not be justly blamed by men, or he be rebuked by the church here, or by Christ hereafter: and this he would have him do,

until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ; to judge the quick and dead at the last day, and which will be very illustrious and glorious. Now Christ is hid from the eyes of men, but to them that look for him he will appear a second time in great glory; in the glory of his Father, and of his own, and of the holy angels; and when his saints will appear with him in glory: and this the apostle the rather mentions, since every man's work and ministry will then be made manifest; this bright day of Christ's appearing will declare it, and everyone must give an account of himself, and his talents, unto him: and this shows that the apostle did not design this charge, and these instructions, for Timothy only, but for all other ministers of the Gospel, till the second coming of Christ; though this was then, as now, so much unknown, when it would be, that it could not be said but Timothy might live unto it. 14. keep this commandment—Greek, "the commandment," that is, the Gospel rule of life (1Ti 1:5; Joh 13:34; 2Pe 2:21; 3:2).

without spot, unrebukeable—agreeing with "thou." Keep the commandment and so be without spot," etc. "Pure" (1Ti 5:22; Eph 5:27; Jas 1:27; 2Pe 3:14).

until the appearing of … Christ—His coming in person (2Th 2:8; Tit 2:13). Believers then used in their practice to set before themselves the day of Christ as near at hand; we, the hour of death [Bengel]. The fact has in all ages of the Church been certain, the time as uncertain to Paul, as it is to us; hence, 1Ti 6:15, he says, "in His times": the Church's true attitude is that of continual expectation of her Lord's return (1Co 1:8; Php 1:6, 10).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.
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