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

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

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I exhort - that, first of all - Prayer for the pardon of sin, and for obtaining necessary supplies of grace, and continual protection from God, with gratitude and thanksgiving for mercies already received, are duties which our sinful and dependent state renders absolutely necessary; and which should be chief in our view, and first of all performed. It is difficult to know the precise difference between the four words used here by the apostle. They are sometimes distinguished thus: -

Supplications - Δεησεις· Prayers for averting evils of every kind.

Prayers - Προσευχας· Prayers for obtaining the good things, spiritual and temporal, which ourselves need.

Intercessions - Εντευξεις· Prayers in behalf of others.

Giving of thanks - Ευχαριστιας· Praises to God, as the parent of all good, for all the blessings which we and others have received. It is probable that the apostle gives directions here for public worship; and that the words may be thus paraphrased: "Now, I exhort first of all that, in the public assemblies, deprecations of evils, and supplications for such good things as are necessary, and intercessions for their conversion, and thanksgiving for mercies, be offered in behalf of all men - for heathens as well as for Christians, and for enemies as well as for friends." See Macknight.

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exhort. or, desire.

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

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

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

first.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to 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, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.

Genesis 18:23-32 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked...

1 Kings 8:41-43 Moreover concerning a stranger, that is not of your people Israel, but comes out of a far country for your name's sake...

Psalm 67:1-4 God be merciful to us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine on us; Selah...

Psalm 72:19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

Matthew 6:9,10 After this manner therefore pray you: Our Father which are in heaven, Hallowed be your name...

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be healed...

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 you were the servants of sin...

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

Philippians 1:3 I thank my God on every remembrance of you,

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

all men.

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

Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands 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:

2 Timothy 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient,

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness to all men.

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Where and How to Pray
'I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting.'--1 TIM. ii. 8. The context shows that this is part of the Apostle's directory for public worship, and that, therefore, the terms of the first clause are to be taken somewhat restrictedly. They teach the duty of the male members of the Church to take public, audible part in its worship. Everywhere, therefore, must here properly be taken in the restricted signification of 'every place of Christian assembly.'
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany
Text: Colossians 3, 12-17. 12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: 14 and above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the Word
Martin Luther—Epistle Sermons, Vol. II

And not Without Just Cause a Doubt is Raised...
14. And not without just cause a doubt is raised, whether he said this of all married women, or of such as so many are, as that nearly all may be thought so to be. For neither doth that, which he saith of unmarried women, "She, that is unmarried, thinkest of the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit:" [1973] pertain unto all unmarried women: whereas there are certain widows who are dead, who live in delights. However, so far as regards a certain distinction and, as it were, character
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

Later English Reformers
While Luther was opening a closed Bible to the people of Germany, Tyndale was impelled by the Spirit of God to do the same for England. Wycliffe's Bible had been translated from the Latin text, which contained many errors. It had never been printed, and the cost of manuscript copies was so great that few but wealthy men or nobles could procure it; and, furthermore, being strictly proscribed by the church, it had had a comparatively narrow circulation. In 1516, a year before the appearance of Luther's
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Ezra 6:10
so that they may offer sacrifices pleasing to the God of heaven and pray for the well-being of the king and his sons.

Jeremiah 29:7
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper."

Ephesians 6:18
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people.

Philippians 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.

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