1 Timothy 6:19
New International Version
In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

New Living Translation
By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.

English Standard Version
thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Berean Study Bible
treasuring up for themselves a firm foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

Berean Literal Bible
treasuring up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is indeed life.

New American Standard Bible
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

King James Bible
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Christian Standard Bible
storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of what is truly life.

Contemporary English Version
This will lay a solid foundation for the future, so they will know what true life is like.

Good News Translation
In this way they will store up for themselves a treasure which will be a solid foundation for the future. And then they will be able to win the life which is true life.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
storing up for themselves a good reserve for the age to come, so that they may take hold of life that is real.

International Standard Version
By doing this they store up a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future, so that they can keep their hold on the life that is real.

NET Bible
In this way they will save up a treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the future and so lay hold of what is truly life.

New Heart English Bible
laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of that which is truly life.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And they shall lay up for themselves a good foundation for what is future, that they may seize upon true life.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
By doing this they store up a treasure for themselves which is a good foundation for the future. In this way they take hold of what life really is.

New American Standard 1977
storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the future, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

King James 2000 Bible
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

American King James Version
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

American Standard Version
laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
To lay up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the true life.

Darby Bible Translation
laying by for themselves a good foundation for the future, that they may lay hold of [what is] really life.

English Revised Version
laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life which is life indeed.

Webster's Bible Translation
Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Weymouth New Testament
storing up for themselves that which shall be a solid foundation for the future, that they may lay hold of the Life which is life indeed.

World English Bible
laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold of eternal life.

Young's Literal Translation
treasuring up to themselves a right foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life age-during.
Study Bible
A Charge to the Rich
18Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, and to be generous and ready to share, 19treasuring up for themselves a firm foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid irreverent chatter and the opposing arguments of so-called “knowledge,”…
Cross References
Ecclesiastes 11:2
Divide your portion among seven, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster may befall the land.

Matthew 6:20
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Philippians 3:12
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been perfected, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made the good confession before many witnesses.

2 Timothy 1:1
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus,

Treasury of Scripture

Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

Laying.

Psalm 17:14
From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

Matthew 6:19-21
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: …

Matthew 10:41,42
He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward…

foundation.

Proverbs 10:25
As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Luke 6:48,49
He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock…

Galatians 5:6
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

the time.

Proverbs 31:25
Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

Luke 16:9,25
And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations…

See on ver.

1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

Philippians 3:14
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 1:4
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,







Lexicon
treasuring up
ἀποθησαυρίζοντας (apothēsaurizontas)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 597: To store up, treasure up. From apo and thesaurizo; to treasure away.

for themselves
ἑαυτοῖς (heautois)
Reflexive Pronoun - Dative Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

a firm
καλὸν (kalon)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.

foundation
θεμέλιον (themelion)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2310: From a derivative of tithemi; something put down, i.e. A substruction.

for
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

future,
μέλλον (mellon)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3195: A strengthened form of melo; to intend, i.e. Be about to be, do, or suffer something.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

they may take hold
ἐπιλάβωνται (epilabōntai)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Middle - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1949: To lay hold of, take hold of, seize (sometimes with beneficent, sometimes with hostile, intent).

of
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

that which is truly
ὄντως (ontōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3689: Really, truly, actually. Adverb of the oblique cases of on; really.

life.
ζωῆς (zōēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.
(19) Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come.--This is a concise expression, which might have been more fully worded thus--Laying up in store for themselves a wealth of good works as a foundation, &c. (Comp. our Lord's words in Luke 16:9, where the same truth is taught, and a similar promise made.)

Here a simple command, in complete accordance with the teaching: of Christ, is given, and a definite consequence is attached to the obeying the command. If the "rich"--the word "rich," we must remember, is a broad term, and in St. Paul's mind would comprehend many a one who would hesitate to apply the term in its strict sense to himself--if the "rich," or the comparatively rich, are really generous and kind with their wealth--and of this God alone can be judge--then with these perishable, fleeting riches they are laying the foundation of an everlasting habitation on the other side the veil. Bengel quaintly expresses the truth, slightly changing the metaphor--"Mercator, naufragio salvus, thesauros domum praemissos invenit."

That they may lay hold on eternal life.--The older authorities here, instead of "eternal," read truly. The sentence will then read thus, that they may lay hold on that which is truly life--that is, may lay hold on that which in truth deserves the name "life," because the fear of death will no longer cast its gloomy shadow over it. This "laying hold on eternal life" is the end the wise rich Christian proposes to himself, when he orders his earthly life and administers his earthly goods, and St. Paul has just showed Timothy how this "end" is to be reached by such a man.

Such plain statements in the Book of Life as the foregoing by no means weaken the divine truth so often repeated, that men are saved only by the blood of Christ, with which they must sprinkle their sin scarred souls. Poor men and rich men alike may try; they will find, with all their brave struggles, that of themselves they will never win salvation, they cannot redeem their souls.

But such plain statements as we have here, and in Luke 16:9, tell us, if we really are "of Christ's," sprinkled with His precious blood, then we must try with heart and soul, with hand and brain, to follow out such charges as we have just been discussing.

Verse 19. - The life which is life indeed for eternal life, A.V. and T.R. Laying up in store (ἀποθησαυρίζοντες); only here in the New Testament, but once in Wisd. 3:3, and occasionally in classical Greek. A good foundation (θεμέλιον καλόν). The idea of a foundation is always maintained in the use of θεμέλιος, whether it is used literally or figuratively (Luke 11:48; Ephesians 2:20; Revelation 21:14, etc.). There is, at first sight, a manifest confusion of metaphors in the phrase, "laying up in store a foundation." Bishop Ellicott, following Wiesinger, understands "a wealth of good works as a foundation." Alford sees no difficulty in considering the "foundation" us a treasure. Others have conjectured κειμήλιον, "a stored treasure," for θεμέλιον. Others understand θεμέλιον in the sense of θέμα, a deposit. Others take ἀποθησαυρίζειν in the sense of "acquiring," without reference to its etymology. But this is unlikely, the context being about the use of money, though in part favored by the use of θησαυρίζειν in 2 Peter 3:7. The reader must choose for himself either to adopt one of the above explanations, or to credit St. Paul with an unimportant confusion of metaphors. Anyhow, the doctrine is clear that wealth spent for God and his Church is repaid with interest, and becomes an abiding treasure. Life indeed (τῆς ὄντως ζωῆς); so 1 Timothy 5:3, 5, τὰς ὅντως χήρας ἡ ὄντως χήρα, "widows indeed;" and (John 8:36) ὄντως ἐλεύθεροι, "free indeed," in opposition to the freedom which the Jews claimed as the seed of Abraham. 6:17-21 Being rich in this world is wholly different from being rich towards God. Nothing is more uncertain than worldly wealth. Those who are rich, must see that God gives them their riches; and he only can give to enjoy them richly; for many have riches, but enjoy them poorly, not having a heart to use them. What is the best estate worth, more than as it gives opportunity of doing the more good? Showing faith in Christ by fruits of love, let us lay hold on eternal life, when the self-indulgent, covetous, and ungodly around, lift up their eyes in torment. That learning which opposes the truth of the gospel, is not true science, or real knowledge, or it would approve the gospel, and consent to it. Those who advance reason above faith, are in danger of leaving faith. Grace includes all that is good, and grace is an earnest, a beginning of glory; wherever God gives grace, he will give glory.
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