1 Timothy 5:14
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New International Version
So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.

King James Bible
I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

Darby Bible Translation
I will therefore that the younger marry, bear children, rule the house, give no occasion to the adversary in respect of reproach.

World English Bible
I desire therefore that the younger widows marry, bear children, rule the household, and give no occasion to the adversary for insulting.

Young's Literal Translation
I wish, therefore, younger ones to marry, to bear children, to be mistress of the house, to give no occasion to the opposer to reviling;

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I will therefore that the younger women marry - As the preceding discourse has been about the younger widows, and this is an inference from it; it is most evident that by the younger women the apostle means the young widows. These he considers unfit for the office of the female diaconate, and therefore wills them to marry, educate children, and give themselves wholly up to domestic affairs. Here the apostle, so far from forbidding second marriages, positively enjoins or at least recommends them. And what man of sense could have done otherwise in the cases he mentions? It is no sin in any case to marry, bear children, and take care of a family; but it is a sin in every case to be idle persons, gadders about, tattlers, busybodies, sifting out and detailing family secrets, etc., etc. The good sentiment, put by an able poet and pious divine into the mouths of little children, cannot be ill applied to multitudes of women, mothers, and grandmothers: - "See how the little busy bee Improves each shining hour, And gathers honey all the day From every opening flower! In works of labor or of skill, We should be busy too; For Satan finds some mischief, still, For idle hands to do." Dr. Watts.

The adversary - Any person, whether Jew or Gentile, who might be watching for an occasion to reproach, through the misconduct of its professors, the cause of Christianity.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I will. See on ch.

1 Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

the younger.

1 Timothy 5:11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

1 Timothy 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats...

1 Corinthians 7:8,9 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I...

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

guide.

Genesis 18:6,9 And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it...

Proverbs 14:1 Every wise woman builds her house: but the foolish plucks it down with her hands.

Proverbs 31:27-29 She looks well to the ways of her household, and eats not the bread of idleness...

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

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give.

1 Timothy 6:1 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor...

2 Samuel 12:14 However,, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme...

Daniel 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom...

Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather...

2 Corinthians 11:12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory...

Titus 2:5,8 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed...

1 Peter 4:14,15 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you...

to speak reproachfully. Gr. for their railing.

Luke 23:35-41 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself...

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Of Confirmation.
It is surprising that it should have entered any one's mind to make a Sacrament of Confirmation out of that laying on of hands which Christ applied to little children, and by which the apostles bestowed the Holy Spirit, ordained presbyters, and healed the sick; as the Apostle writes to Timothy: "Lay hands suddenly on no man." (1 Tim. v. 22.) Why not also make a confirmation out of the sacrament of bread, because it is written: "And when he had received meat, he was strengthened" (Acts ix. 19); or
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Truly we must Consider, that God Gives us Some Goods...
9. Truly we must consider, that God gives us some goods, which are to be sought for their own sake, such as wisdom, health, friendship: but others, which are necessary for the sake of somewhat, such as learning, meat, drink, sleep, marriage, sexual intercourse. For of these certain are necessary for the sake of wisdom, as learning: certain for the sake of health, as meat and drink and sleep: certain for the sake of friendship, as marriage or sexual intercourse: for hence subsists the propagation
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

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

Marriage, I Say, is a Good, and May Be...
24. Marriage, I say, is a good, and may be, by sound reason, defended against all calumnies. But with the marriage of the holy fathers, I inquire not what marriage, but what continence, is on a level: or rather not marriage with marriage; for it is an equal gift in all cases given to the mortal nature of men; but men who use marriage, forasmuch as I find not, to compare with other men who used marriage in a far other spirit, we must require what continent persons admit of being compared with those
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

Cross References
1 Corinthians 7:9
But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.

1 Timothy 4:3
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

1 Timothy 6:1
All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered.

Titus 2:5
to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

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