2 Timothy 1:7
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New International Version
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

New Living Translation
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

English Standard Version
for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

New American Standard Bible
For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

King James Bible
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment.

International Standard Version
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but one of power, love, and self-discipline.

NET Bible
For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of instruction.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God didn't give us a cowardly spirit but a spirit of power, love, and good judgment.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of strength and of love and of temperance.

King James 2000 Bible
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

American King James Version
For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

American Standard Version
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of sobriety.

Darby Bible Translation
For God has not given us a spirit of cowardice, but of power, and of love, and of wise discretion.

English Revised Version
For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Weymouth New Testament
For the Spirit which God has given us is not a spirit of cowardice, but one of power and of love and of sound judgement.

World English Bible
For God didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and self-control.

Young's Literal Translation
for God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind;
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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 7. - Gave us not for hath not given us, A.V.; a spirit of fearfulness for the spirit of fear, A.V.; and for of, A.V.; discipline for of a sound mind, A.V. A spirit of fearfulness; or, cowardice, as the word δειλία exactly means in classical Greek, where it is very common, though it only occurs here in the New Testament. Δειλός also has a reproachful sense, both in classical Greek, and also in the LXX., and in the New Testament (see Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:40; Revelation 21:8). It seems certain, therefore, that St. Paul thought that Timothy's gentle spirit was in danger of being cowed by the adversaries of the gospel. The whole tenor of his exhortation, combined as it was with words of warm affection, is in harmony with this thought. Compare with the phrase, πνεῦμα δειλίας, the πνεῦμα δουλείας εἰς φόβον of Romans 8:15. Of power and love. Power (δύναμις) is emphatically the attribute of the Holy Spirit (Luke 4:14; Acts 10:38; Romans 15:13; 1 Corinthians 2:4, etc.), and that which he specially imparts to the servants of Christ (Acts 1:8; Acts 6:8; Ephesians 3:16, etc.). Love is added, as showing that the servant of Christ always uses power in conjunction with love, and only as the means of executing what love requires. Discipline (σωφρονισμοῦ); only here in the New Testament; σωφρονίζειν is found in Titus 2:4, "to teach," A.V.; "to train," R.V. "Discipline" is not a very happy rendering, though it gives the meaning; "correction," or "sound instruction," is perhaps nearer. It would seem that Timothy had shown some signs of weakness, and had not boldly reproved and instructed in their duty certain offenders, as true love for souls required him to do. The phrase from Plutarch's 'Life of Cato,' quoted by Alford, exactly gives the force of σωφρονισμός: Ἐπὶ διορθώσαι καὶ σωφρονισμῷ τῶν ἄλλων, "For the amendment and correction of the rest."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear,.... A pusillanimous, cowardly spirit, so as to be afraid of men or devils, of what they will say or do; and so as to be discouraged in, sink under, or be deterred from the work of the Lord, the preaching of the Gospel, opposing the errors of false teachers, and reproving men for their sins, and doing other parts of the ministerial function; such a spirit is not from God, and such a fear brings a snare:

but of power, and such is the Spirit of God, who is called "power from high"; Luke 24:49 by which the minds of Christ's servants are fortified against reproaches and persecutions for his sake, and are strengthened to resist Satan's temptations, to endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ, to quit themselves like men, in opposition to false teachers, and to do the will and work of God:

and of love; to God, and Christ, and his church, and which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit; and such who have it seek not their own ease and credit, but the glory of God, the interest of Christ, and the good of souls; and having such a spirit, and fired with such love, they are not easily intimidated by the adversary;

and of a sound mind: in the principles and doctrines of the Gospel; and which shows itself in a prudent conduct and behaviour; in sobriety, moderation, temperance, purity, and honesty; all which may be signified by the word here used: and these who have such dispositions and qualities from God, will not easily give way to the enemies of religion, or decline their duty for fear of them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. For, &c.—implying that Timothy needed the exhortation "to stir up the gift of God in him," being constitutionally "timid": "For God did not give us (so the Greek, namely, at our ordination or consecration) the spirit of fear." The spirit which He gave us, was not the spirit of timidity (literally, "cowardice," which is weakness), but of "power" (exhibited in a fearless "testimony" for Christ, 2Ti 1:8). "Power is the invariable accompaniment of the gift of the Holy Ghost. Lu 24:49; Ac 1:8; compare Ac 6:6, "full of faith and of the Holy Ghost," with 2Ti 1:8, "full of faith and power." Fear is the result of "the spirit of bondage" (Ro 8:15). Fear within exaggerates the causes of fear without. "The spirit of power" is the spirit of man dwelt in by the Spirit of God imparting power; this power "casteth out fear" from ourselves, and stimulates us to try to cast it out of others (1Jo 4:18).

love—which moves the believer while "speaking the truth" with power, when giving his testimony for Christ (2Ti 1:8), at the same time to do so "in love" (Eph 4:15).

a sound mind—The Greek, is rather, "the bringing of men to a sound mind" [Wahl]. Bengel supports English Version, "a sound mind," or "sober-mindedness"; a duty to which a young man like Timothy especially needed to be exhorted (2Ti 2:22; 1Ti 4:12; Tit 2:4, 6). So Paul urges him, in 2Ti 2:4, to give up worldly entanglements, which as thorns (Lu 8:14) choke the word. These three gifts are preferable to any miraculous powers whatever.

2 Timothy 1:7 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. 8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,…
Cross References
Isaiah 11:2
The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him-- the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the LORD--

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Romans 8:15
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."
Treasury of Scripture

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

the spirit.

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Acts 21:13 Then Paul answered, What mean you to weep and to break my heart? …

Romans 8:15 For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but …

Hebrews 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime …

1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because …

but.

Micah 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, …

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the …

Luke 10:19 Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and …

Luke 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father on you: but tarry you …

Acts 1:8 But you shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come on …

Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles …

Acts 9:22 But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews …

Acts 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: …

1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's …

of love.

Romans 5:5 And hope makes not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad …

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

Colossians 1:8 Who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

a sound.

Psalm 119:80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes; that I be not ashamed.

Proverbs 2:7 He lays up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them …

Proverbs 8:14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength.

Luke 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found …

Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of …

Acts 26:11,25 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to …

2 Corinthians 5:13,14 For whether we be beside ourselves, it is to God: or whether we be …

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