1 Timothy 6:15
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New International Version
which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

New Living Translation
For at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords.

English Standard Version
which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

New American Standard Bible
which He will bring about at the proper time-- He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

King James Bible
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God will bring this about in His own time. He is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings, and the Lord of lords,

International Standard Version
At the right time, he will make him known. God is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.

NET Bible
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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
He who is going to reveal himself in his time, The Blessed God and Only Mighty One, The King of Kings and the Lord of Power,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
At the right time God will make this known. God is the blessed and only ruler. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who in his time shall show the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

King James 2000 Bible
Who in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

American King James Version
Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

American Standard Version
which in its own times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Which in his times he shall shew who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Darby Bible Translation
which in its own time the blessed and only Ruler shall shew, the King of those that reign, and Lord of those that exercise lordship;

English Revised Version
which in its own times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Webster's Bible Translation
Which in his times he will show who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Weymouth New Testament
For, as its appointed time, this will be brought about by the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,

World English Bible
which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;

Young's Literal Translation
which in His own times He shall shew -- the blessed and only potentate, the King of the kings and Lord of the lords,
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 15. - Its own for his, A.V. This correction seems to be manifestly right. The same phrase is rendered in 1 Timothy 2:6 and Titus 1:3 "in due time," in the A.V.; but in the R.V. 2:6 is "its own times," and in Titus 1:3 "his own seasons. In Galatians 6:9 καίρῳ ἰδίῳ is also rendered "in due season," in both the A.V. and the R.V. Such a phrase as ἐν καιροῖς ἰδίοις must be taken everywhere in the same sense. It clearly means at the fitting or proper time, and corresponds to the πλήρωμα τοῦ χρόνου, "the fullness of time," in Galatians 4:4. The two ideas are combined in Luke 1:20 (πληρωθήσονται εἰς τὸν καιρὸν αὐτῶν) and Luke 21:24 (comp. Ephesians 1:10). Shall show (δείξει). Δεικνύειν ἐπιφανείαν, "to show an appearing," is a somewhat unusual phrase, and is more classical than scriptural. The verb and the object are not of cognate sense (as "to display a display," or "to manifest a manifestation"), but the invisible God, God the Father, will, it is said, display the Epiphany of our Lord Jesus Christ. The wonder displayed and manifested to the world is the appearing of Christ in his glory. The Author of that manifestation is God. The blessed; ὁ μακάριος (not εὐλογητός, as in Mark 14:61), is only here and in 1 Timothy 1:11 (where see note) applied to God in Scripture. The blessed and only Potentate. The phrase is a remarkable one. Δυνάστης (Potentate), which is only found elsewhere in the New Testament in Luke 1:52 and Acts 8:27, is applied to God here only. It is, however, so applied in 2 Macc. 3:24 2Macc. 12:15 2Macc. 15:23, where we have Πάσης ἐξουσιας δυνάστης Γόν μέγαν τοῦ κόσμου δυνάστην, and Δυνάστα τὧ῀ν οὐρανῶν; in all which places, as here, the phrase is used to signify, by way of contrast, the superiority of the power of God over all earthly power. In the first of the above-cited passages the language is singularly like that here used by St. Paul. For it is said that ὁ πάσης ἐξουσίας δυνάστης, "the Prince (or Potentate) of all power made a great apparition," or "appearing" (ἐπιφονείαν μεγάλην ἐποίησεν), for the overthrow of the blasphemer and persecutor Heliodorus. St. Paul must have had this in his mind, and compared the effect of "the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ," in overthrowing the Neros of the earth with the overthrow of Heliodorus (comp. 1 Thessalonians 1:7-10). King of kings, and Lord of lords, etc. (compare the slightly different phrase in Revelation 17:14 and Revelation 19:16, applied to the Son). So in Psalm 136:2, 3, God is spoken of as "God of gods, and Lord of lords."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Which in his times he shall show,.... For though the time of Christ's appearing is unknown, yet the thing itself is certain; God will bring it about, and make it manifest in his own time, in the time that is fixed and appointed by him; and which is only known unto him, and which he keeps in his own power, and has reserved in his own breast:

who is the blessed; the Syriac version reads, "the blessed God"; who is blessed in himself, in his Son and Spirit, in the perfections of his nature; who is God all-sufficient, has enough in himself for himself, and for all his creatures; who is the fountain and the author of all blessedness, temporal, spiritual, and eternal, which any of them are, or shall be possessed of:

and only Potentate; or Governor of the whole world, which can be said of none but himself: he is the Governor among the nations, and over all the nations of the earth; his kingdom rules over all other kingdoms; and he has his power and government from himself, whereas all other potentates have their power from him, as follows:

the King of kings, and Lord of lords; from whom they receive their sceptres, crowns, and kingdoms; by whom they reign, and are continued in their power; for he sets up kings, and removes kings at his pleasure, and to him they must be accountable for all their administrations another day; and at present they are under his influence, and at his control; he has their hearts, and their counsels, as well as kingdoms, in his hands, and under his overruling providence; and causes all to answer his wise and eternal purposes. These titles are used by the Jews, who style him, , "Lord of all lords, King over all kings" (s). The same name is given to Christ, Revelation 19:16 which shows him to be equal with the Father.

(s) Zohar in Numb. fol. 100. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. in his times—Greek, "His own [fitting] times" (Ac 1:7). The plural implies successive stages in the manifestation of the kingdom of God, each having its own appropriate time, the regulating principle and knowledge of which rests with the Father (1Ti 2:6; 2Ti 1:9; Tit 1:3; Heb 1:1).

he shall show—"display": an expression appropriate in reference to His "APPEARING," which is stronger than His "coming," and implies its visibility; "manifest": make visible (compare Ac 3:20): "He" is the Father (1Ti 6:16).

blessed—in Himself: so about to be the source of blessing to His people at Christ appearing, whence flows their "blessed hope" (1Ti 1:11; Tit 2:13).

only—(Joh 17:3; Ro 16:27; Re 15:4).

King of kings—elsewhere applied also to Jesus (Re 1:5; 17:14; 19:16).

1 Timothy 6:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Fight the Good Fight
14that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which He will bring about at the proper time-- He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 10:17
For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.

Psalm 136:3
Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.

1 Timothy 1:11
that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

1 Timothy 1:17
Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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

Revelation 17:14
They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Revelation 19:16
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords.
Treasury of Scripture

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1 Timothy 1:11,17 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed …

Psalm 47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

Psalm 83:18 That men may know that you, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, are the …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

Jeremiah 46:18 As I live, said the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely …

Daniel 2:44-47 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, …

Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to …

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For your …

the King.

Ezra 7:12 Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, a scribe of the law …

Proverbs 8:15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

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