2 Timothy 1:6
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New International Version
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

New Living Translation
This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you.

English Standard Version
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,

New American Standard Bible
For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

King James Bible
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.

International Standard Version
For this reason, I am reminding you to fan into flames the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands.

NET Bible
Because of this I remind you to rekindle God's gift that you possess through the laying on of my hands.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because of this, I remind you to rouse the gift of God that is in you by laying on of my hands.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you [to ordain you]. Now I'm reminding you to fan that gift into flames.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore I admonish thee that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore I remind you that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands.

American King James Version
Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands.

American Standard Version
For which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For which cause I admonish thee, that thou stir up the grace of God which is in thee, by the imposition of my hands.

Darby Bible Translation
For which cause I put thee in mind to rekindle the gift of God which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

English Revised Version
For the which cause I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee through the laying on of my hands.

Webster's Bible Translation
For which cause I put thee in remembrance, that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the imposition of my hands.

Weymouth New Testament
For this reason let me remind you to rekindle God's gift which is yours through the laying on of my hands.

World English Bible
For this cause, I remind you that you should stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.

Young's Literal Translation
For which cause I remind thee to stir up the gift of God that is in thee through the putting on of my hands,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-14 God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution, to meet difficulties and dangers; the spirit of love to him, which will carry us through opposition. And the spirit of a sound mind, quietness of mind. The Holy Spirit is not the author of a timid or cowardly disposition, or of slavish fears. We are likely to bear afflictions well, when we have strength and power from God to enable us to bear them. As is usual with Paul, when he mentions Christ and his redemption, he enlarges upon them; so full was he of that which is all our salvation, and ought to be all our desire. The call of the gospel is a holy call, making holy. Salvation is of free grace. This is said to be given us before the world began, that is, in the purpose of God from all eternity; in Christ Jesus, for all the gifts that come from God to sinful man, come in and through Christ Jesus alone. And as there is so clear a prospect of eternal happiness by faith in Him, who is the Resurrection and the Life, let us give more diligence in making his salvation sure to our souls. Those who cleave to the gospel, need not be ashamed, the cause will bear them out; but those who oppose it, shall be ashamed. The apostle had trusted his life, his soul, and eternal interests, to the Lord Jesus. No one else could deliver and secure his soul through the trials of life and death. There is a day coming, when our souls will be inquired after. Thou hadst a soul committed to thee; how was it employed? in the service of sin, or in the service of Christ? The hope of the lowest real Christian rests on the same foundation as that of the great apostle. He also has learned the value and the danger of his soul; he also has believed in Christ; and the change wrought in his soul, convinces the believer that the Lord Jesus will keep him to his heavenly kingdom. Paul exhorts Timothy to hold fast the Holy Scriptures, the substance of solid gospel truth in them. It is not enough to assent to the sound words, but we must love them. The Christian doctrine is a trust committed to us; it is of unspeakable value in itself, and will be of unspeakable advantage to us. It is committed to us, to be preserved pure and entire, yet we must not think to keep it by our own strength, but by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us; and it will not be gained by those who trust in their own hearts, and lean to their own understandings.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - For the which cause for wherefore, A.V.; through the laying for by the putting, A.V. For which cause (δι η{ν αἰτίαν); so ver. 12 and Titus 1:13, but nowhere else in St. Paul's Epistles, though common elsewhere. The clause seems to depend upon the words immediately preceding, "I am persuaded in thee also; for which cause," etc. Stir up (ἀναζωπυρεῖν); here only in the New Testament, but found in the LXX. of Genesis 45:27 and I Macc. 13:7, in an intransitive sense, "to revive." In both passages it is contrasted with a previous state of despondency (Genesis 45:26) or fear (1 Macc. 13:2). We must, therefore, conclude that St. Paul knew Timothy to be cast down and depressed by his own imprisonment and imminent danger, and therefore exhorted him to revive . 'the spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind," which was given him at his ordination. The metaphor is taken from kindling slumbering ashes into a flame by the bellows, and the force of ἀνα is to show that the embers had gone down from a previous state of candescence or frame - "to rekindle, light up again." It is a favourite metaphor in classical Greek. The gift of God (τὸ χάρισμα τοῦ Θεοῦ); as 1 Timothy 4:14 (where see note). The laying on of my hands, together with those of the presbytery (1 Timothy 4:14; comp. Acts 13:2, 3). The laying on of hands was also the medium through which the Holy Ghost was given in Confirmation (Acts 8:17), and in healing (Mark 16:18; comp. Numbers 27:18, 23).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore I put thee in remembrance,.... Because of the great affection the apostle had for Timothy, and because of that confidence he had of him, that unfeigned faith dwelt in him, as well as because this had had a place in his relations before him; he therefore acts the part of a kind monitor to him, and, upon these considerations, doubts not of succeeding in his following admonition:

that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee; by "the gift" is meant his ministerial gift; for what qualifies men for the ministry, is not anything natural in them, nor acquired by them, but what is given unto them, and that of God: and this was "in" him; it continued with him; it was not lost by him, nor taken from him, as gifts may be, when they are not used; and yet it seems as if there was some decline, some backwardness and indifference as to the exercise of it: he might be too remiss, negligent, and forgetful of it; wherefore the apostle puts him in mind to "stir" it up: there is in the word used a metaphor taken from coals of fire covered with ashes, as if almost extinct, and need to be blown up into a flame, and a very apt one it is; since the gifts of the Spirit, especially his extraordinary ones, such as ministers in those times had, are compared to fire: see Matthew 3:11 and these may be reinflamed or increased, when they seem on the decline, by reading, meditation, prayer, and the frequent exercise of them. Agreeably to this the Arabic version renders it, "that thou kindle the fire of the gift of God which is in thee"; and the rather the apostle took this freedom with Timothy, not only because of his superior age and office, but because this gift was through his means;

by the putting on of my hands; though not alone, but with the rest of the presbytery; See Gill on 1 Timothy 4:14.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Wherefore—Greek, "For which cause," namely, because thou hast inherited, didst once possess, and I trust ("am persuaded") still dost possess, such unfeigned faith [Alford].

stir up—literally, "rekindle," "revive the spark of"; the opposite of "quench" or "extinguish" (1Th 5:19). Paul does not doubt the existence of real faith in Timothy, but he desires it to be put into active exercise. Timothy seems to have become somewhat remiss from being so long without Paul (2Ti 2:22).

gift of God—the spiritual grace received for his ministerial office, either at his original ordination, or at his consecration to the particular office of superintending the Ephesian Church (see on [2493]1Ti 4:14), imparting fearlessness, power, love, and a sound mind (2Ti 1:7).

by the putting on of my hands—In 1Ti 4:14, it is "with [not by] the laying on of the hands of the presbytery." The apostle was chief in the ordination, and to him "BY" is applied. The presbytery were his assistants; so "with," implying merely accompaniment, is said of them. Paul was the instrument in Timothy's ordination and reception of the grace then conferred; the presbyters were the concurrent participants in the act of ordination; so the Greek, "dia" and "meta." So in ordinations by a bishop in our days, he does the principal act; they join in laying on hands with him.

2 Timothy 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Patience in Persecution
6For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.…
Cross References
Acts 6:6
They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
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that.

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