of these things be careful; in these things be, that thy advancement may be manifest in all things;
1 Timothy 4:15 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Meditate upon these things - Ταυτα μελετα· Revolve them frequently in thy mind; consider deeply their nature and importance; get them deeply fastened in thy heart, and let all thy conduct flow from this inward feeling and conviction. Let the nature, reasons, and motives of thy ministry, be ever in the view of thy heart and conscience.
Give thyself wholly to them - Εν τουτοις ισθι· Be thou in these things. Horace has a similar expression: Omnis in hoc sum. "I am absorbed in this." Occupy thyself wholly with them; make them not only thy chief but thy sole concern. Thou art called to save thy own soul, and the souls of them that hear thee; and God has given thee the Divine gifts for this and no other purpose. To this let all thy reading and study be directed; this is thy great business, and thou must perform it as the servant and steward of the Lord. Bengel has a good saying on this verse, which I will quote: In his qui est, minus erit in sodalitatibus mundanis, in studiis alienis, in colligendis libris, conchis, nummis, quibus multi pastores notabilem aetatis partem insistentes conterunt; "He who is wholly in these things will be little in worldly company, in foreign studies, in collecting books, shells, and coins, in which many ministers consume a principal part of their life." Such persons are worthy of the deepest reprehension, unless all these studies, collections, etc., be formed with the express view, of illustrating the sacred records; and to such awful drudgery few Christian ministers are called. Many, when they have made such collections, seem to know nothing of their use; they only see them and show them, but can never bring them to their assistance in the work of the ministry. These should be prayed for and pitied.
That thy profiting may appear to all - By being made a universal blessing; convincing and converting sinners; and building up the Church of God on its most holy faith.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night...
Psalm 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law does he meditate day and night.
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 49:3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom; and the meditation of my heart shall be of understanding.
Psalm 63:6 When I remember you on my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches.
Psalm 77:12 I will meditate also of all your work, and talk of your doings.
Psalm 104:34 My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the LORD.
Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvelous works that he has done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
Psalm 119:15,23,48 I will meditate in your precepts, and have respect to your ways...
Psalm 119:97,99,148 O how I love your law! it is my meditation all the day...
Psalm 143:5 I remember the days of old; I meditate on all your works; I muse on the work of your hands.
Acts 6:4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia...
2 Corinthians 4:14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and to us by the will of God.
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify to himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
1 Timothy 4:6 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ...
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Philippians 2:15,16 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the middle of a crooked and perverse nation...
to all. or, in all things.
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