1 Timothy 1:16
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English Standard Version
But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.

King James Bible
Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

American Standard Version
howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me as chief might Jesus Christ show forth all his longsuffering, for an ensample of them that should thereafter believe on him unto eternal life.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus might shew forth all patience, for the information of them that shall believe in him unto life everlasting.

English Revised Version
howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me as chief might Jesus Christ shew forth all his longsuffering, for an ensample of them which should hereafter believe on him unto eternal life.

Webster's Bible Translation
However, for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show forth all long-suffering, for a pattern to them who should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Weymouth New Testament
But mercy was shown me in order that in me as the foremost of sinners Christ Jesus might display the fulness of His long-suffering patience as an example to encourage those who would afterwards be resting their faith on Him with a view to the Life of the Ages.

1 Timothy 1:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

First (πρώτῳ)

Not the chief sinner, but the representative instance of God's longsuffering applied to a high-handed transgressor. It is explained by pattern.

All longsuffering (τὴν ἅπασαν μακροθυμίαν)

More correctly, "all his longsuffering." The A.V. misses the possessive force of the article. For longsuffering see on be patient, James 5:7. The form ἅπας occurs as an undisputed reading only once in Paul, Ephesians 6:13, and not there as an adjective. Often in Acts and Luke. This use of the article with the adjective πᾶς or ἅπας is without parallel in Paul.

Pattern (ὑποτύπωσιν)

Or, ensample. Only here and 2 Timothy 1:13. olxx. oClass. An example of the writer's fondness for high-sounding compounds. Paul uses τύπος.

To them

The A.V. conveys the sense more clearly than Rev. "of them," which is ambiguous. The genitive has a possessive sense. He would be their ensample, or an ensample for their benefit.

Believe (πιστευ.ειν)

This verb, so frequent in Paul, occurs six times in the pastorals. In two instances, 1 Timothy 1:11; Titus 1:3, it is passive, in the sense of to be intrusted with. Here in the Pauline sense of believing on Christ. In 1 Timothy 3:16, passive, of Christ believed on in the world. In 2 Timothy 1:12, of God the Father, in whom the writer confides to keep the trust committed to him. In Titus 3:8, of belief in God. With ἐπὶ upon and the dative, Romans 9:33; Romans 10:11; 1 Peter 2:6 (all citations), and Romans 4:18; Luke 24:25.

Unto life everlasting (εἰς ζωὴν αἰώνιον)

Better, eternal life. See additional not on 2 Thessalonians 1:9. The conception of life eternal is not limited to the future life (as von Soden). Godliness has promise of the life which now is, as well as of that which is to come (1 Timothy 4:8). The promise of eternal life (2 Timothy 1:1) and the words who brought life and immortality to light through the gospel (2 Timothy 1:10) may fairly be taken to cover the present life.

1 Timothy 1:16 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

for this.

Numbers 23:3 And Balaam said to Balak, Stand by your burnt offering, and I will go: peradventure the LORD will come to meet me...

Psalm 25:11 For your name's sake, O LORD, pardon my iniquity; for it is great.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, said the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow...

Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he that blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and will not remember your sins.

Ephesians 1:6,12 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved...

Ephesians 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints...

I obtained. See on ver.

1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

all.

Exodus 34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

Romans 2:4,5 Or despise you the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-suffering...

1 Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing...

2 Peter 3:9,15 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward...

for a.

2 Chronicles 33:9-13,19 So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, and to do worse than the heathen...

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him...

Luke 7:47 Why I say to you, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.

Luke 18:13,14 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven, but smote on his breast, saying...

Luke 19:7-9 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner...

Luke 23:43 And Jesus said to him, Truly I say to you, To day shall you be with me in paradise.

John 6:37 All that the Father gives me shall come to me; and him that comes to me I will in no wise cast out.

Acts 13:39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Romans 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Romans 15:4 For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning...

Hebrews 7:25 Why he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come to God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.

believe.

John 3:15,16,36 That whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life...

John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life...

John 6:40,54 And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which sees the Son, and believes on him, may have everlasting life...

John 20:31 But these are written, that you might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God...

Romans 5:21 That as sin has reigned to death, even so might grace reign through righteousness to eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 John 5:11,12 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son...

Cross References
Romans 2:4
Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?

1 Corinthians 7:25
Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.

Ephesians 2:7
so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 1:13
though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief,

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