1 Timothy 2:1
New International Version
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--

New Living Translation
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.

English Standard Version
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,

Berean Study Bible
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men

Berean Literal Bible
First of all, therefore, I exhort entreaties, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings, to be made on behalf of all men

New American Standard Bible
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

King James Bible
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

Christian Standard Bible
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,

Contemporary English Version
First of all, I ask you to pray for everyone. Ask God to help and bless them all, and tell God how thankful you are for each of them.

Good News Translation
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,

International Standard Version
First of all, then, I urge you to offer to God petitions, prayers, intercessions, and expressions of thanks for all people,

NET Bible
First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people,

New Heart English Bible
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings, be made for all people:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Therefore, I beg of you that before all things, you will offer supplications to God, prayers, intercessions and thanksgiving, for the sake of all people,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
First of all, I encourage you to make petitions, prayers, intercessions, and prayers of thanks for all people,

New American Standard 1977
First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,

Jubilee Bible 2000
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men,

King James 2000 Bible
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

American King James Version
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

American Standard Version
I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men;

Douay-Rheims Bible
I desire therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men:

Darby Bible Translation
I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings be made for all men;

English Revised Version
I exhort therefore, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, be made for all men;

Webster's Bible Translation
I exhort therefore, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men;

Weymouth New Testament
I exhort then, first of all, that supplications, prayers, intercessions and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men;

World English Bible
I exhort therefore, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and givings of thanks, be made for all men:

Young's Literal Translation
I exhort, then, first of all, there be made supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings, for all men:
Study Bible
A Call to Prayer
1First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered on behalf of all men 2for kings and all those in authority, so that we may lead tranquil and quiet lives in all godliness and dignity.…
Cross References
Ezra 6:10
Then they will be able to offer sacrifices of a sweet aroma to the God of heaven and to pray for the lives of the king and his sons.

Jeremiah 29:7
Seek the prosperity of the city to which I have sent you as exiles. Pray to the LORD on its behalf, for if it prospers, you too will prosper.'

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is truly in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers.

Treasury of Scripture

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

exhort.

2 Corinthians 8:6
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.

Ephesians 3:13
Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Hebrews 6:11
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

first.

1 Corinthians 15:3
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

supplications.

1 Timothy 5:5
Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

Genesis 18:23-32
And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked? …

1 Kings 8:41-43
Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of thy people Israel, but cometh out of a far country for thy name's sake; …

and.

Romans 1:8
First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world.

Romans 6:17
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.

Ephesians 5:20
Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

all men.

1 Timothy 2:4
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Acts 17:30
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

1 Thessalonians 3:12
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:







Lexicon
First
πρῶτον (prōton)
Adverb - Superlative
Strong's Greek 4412: First, in the first place, before, formerly. Neuter of protos as adverb; firstly.

of all,
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

then,
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

I urge that
Παρακαλῶ (Parakalō)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 3870: From para and kaleo; to call near, i.e. Invite, invoke.

petitions,
δεήσεις (deēseis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1162: Supplication, prayer, entreaty. From deomai; a petition.

prayers,
προσευχάς (proseuchas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 4335: From proseuchomai; prayer; by implication, an oratory.

intercessions,
ἐντεύξεις (enteuxeis)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1783: From entugchano; an interview, i.e. supplication.

[and] thanksgiving
εὐχαριστίας (eucharistias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2169: Thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks, thanksgiving. From eucharistos; gratitude; actively, grateful language.

be offered
ποιεῖσθαι (poieisthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's Greek 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

on behalf of
ὑπὲρ (hyper)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 5228: Gen: in behalf of; acc: above.

all
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

men
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.
II.

(1) I exhort therefore.--Now Timothy was to begin to carry out his master St. Paul's great charge--the charge which bade him teach all men to put their entire, their perfect, trust in the Saviour of sinners--by instructing the Church of Ephesus, in the first place, to pray constantly for all sorts and conditions of men. The detailed injunctions how the charge was to be carried out are introduced by the Greek particle oun, translated in our version by "therefore;" it may be paraphrased thus: "In pursuance of my great charge, I proceed by special details; in the first place, let prayers for all be offered by the congregation."

Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks.--Many attempts, some of them not very happy ones, have been made by grammarians and commentators to distinguish between these terms, each of which denotes prayer. On the whole, it may be assumed that the Greek word translated "supplications" signifies a request for particular benefits, and is a special form of the more general word rendered "prayers." The third expression in the English version translated "intercessions" suggests a closer and more intimate communion with God on the part of the one praying. It speaks of drawing near God, of entering into free, familiar speech with Him. The Greek word suggests prayer in its most individual, urgent form. The fourth term, "giving of thanks," expresses that which ought never to be absent from any of our devotions, gratitude for past mercies. Archbishop Trench remarks how this peculiar form of prayer will subsist in heaven when, in the very nature of things, all other forms of prayer will have ceased in the entire fruition of the things prayed for, for then only will the redeemed know how much they owe to their Lord. The word eucharist is derived from the Greek word used in this place--eucharistia--for in the Holy Communion the Church embodies its highest act of thanksgiving for the highest benefits received.

For all men.--Professor Reynolds well comments on the hardness of the task set us here--"It is difficult for us always to love all men, to think of all men as equally dear to God, or to regard all men as equally capable of being blessed. Timothy, after reading this letter, probably walked along the marble colonnade of the great temple of Artemis, or heard the hum of some twenty thousand Asiatic Greeks crowded in the vast theatre to witness the gladiatorial fight, or encountered a procession of Bacchantes, or turned into the synagogue on the side of the Coresias and saw the averted looks, and felt the bitter hatred of some old friends. We, with some knowledge of the modern world, have to look into the 'hells' upon earth; to survey the gold-fields and battle-fields; the African slave-hunts; the throngs and saloons of Pekin, Calcutta, and Paris; the monasteries of Tibet; and make prayers, petitions, intercessions, and thanksgivings, too, on behalf of all men. In the beginning of the Gospel, Timothy received this quiet injunction from the Apostle Paul. Now the once whispered word peals like the voice of many waters and mighty thunderings over the whole Church of God."

Verse 1. - First of all, that for that, first of all, A.V.; thanksgivings for and giving of thanks. A.V. I exhort therefore. The insertion of the connecting particle "therefore" marks that this arrangement of Church prayers is a part - as the following words, first of all, mark that it is the first part - of that charge or administration which was now committed to Timothy. Supplications, prayers, intercessions, thanksgivings (see the Prayer for the Church Militant). The question naturally arises whether the first words here used - δεήσις προσευχάς, and ἐντεύξεις - have any distinctive meaning, or are merely accumulated, like synonyms m legal documents, or various phrases in rhetorical addresses, to ensure completeness and to add force. It is against the notion of any distinctive meaning attaching to them that no such distinction can be supported by actual use. In Philippians 4:6 two of the words (προσευχή and δέησις) are used in conjunction as here with εὐχαριστία, with no apparent difference, both being the way of making known their requests to God (so also Ephesians 6:18 and 1 Timothy 5:5). Again, in the ancient Liturgies, the words δεέσθαι and προσεύχεσθαι are constantly used of the same praying. It may, however, perhaps be said that every δέησις is a προσευχή, though every προσευχή is not a δέησις. The δέησις is a "petition" - a distinct asking something of God, which a προσευχή need not necessarily be. It may be merely an act of adoration, of confession, of recital of God's mercies, and so on. So as regards ἐντεύξεις, here rendered "intercessions." There is nothing in the etymology/ or in the use of this word, which only occurs elsewhere in the New Testament in 1 Timothy 4:5, to limit the meaning of it to "intercession." Nor has it this meaning in the passage where it occurs in the Liturgy of St. Clement, near the close, where God is addressed as Ὁ καὶ τῶν σιωπώντων ἐπιστάμενος τὰς ἐντεύξεις, "Who understandest the petitions even of those who are silent." In 2 Macc. 4:8 and Diod. Sic., 16:55 it seems to mean "a request preferred in a personal interview," which is an extension of its common meaning in classical Greek of "access," "an interview," "social intercourse," or the like. But when we turn to the use of the verb ἐντυγχάνω in the New Testament, we seem to get the idea of "intercession." Αντυγχάνειν is to go to someone to ask him to take action against or in favor of some third party (see Acts 25:24; Romans 11:2; Romans 8:27, 28, 34; Hebrews 7:25); and so Chrysostom (quoted in Steph., 'Thesaur.') explains ἐντυχία to be the action of one who applies to God to avenge him of those who have done him wrong. So that perhaps "intercessions" is, on the whole, the best rendering here, though an imperfect one; and would comprise the prayers for the emperor, for the Church, for the sick, travelers, slaves, captives, etc., for the bishops, clergy, and laity, etc., and such prayers as "Turn away from us every plot (ἐπιβουλήν) of wicked men" (Liturgy of St. Mark). 2:1-7 The disciples of Christ must be praying people; all, without distinction of nation, sect, rank, or party. Our duty as Christians, is summed up in two words; godliness, that is, the right worshipping of God; and honesty, that is, good conduct toward all men. These must go together: we are not truly honest, if we are not godly, and do not render to God his due; and we are not truly godly, if not honest. What is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, we should abound in. There is one Mediator, and that Mediator gave himself a ransom for all. And this appointment has been made for the benefit of the Jews and the Gentiles of every nation; that all who are willing may come in this way, to the mercy-seat of a pardoning God, to seek reconciliation with him. Sin had made a quarrel between us and God; Jesus Christ is the Mediator who makes peace. He is a ransom that was to be known in due time. In the Old Testament times, his sufferings, and the glory that should follow, were spoken of as things to be revealed in the last times. Those who are saved must come to the knowledge of the truth, for that is God's appointed way to save sinners: if we do not know the truth, we cannot be ruled by it.
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