New Living Translation
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives' tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly.
King James Bible
But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
Darby Bible Translation
But profane and old wives' fables avoid, but exercise thyself unto piety;
World English Bible
But refuse profane and old wives' fables. Exercise yourself toward godliness.
Young's Literal Translation
and the profane and old women's fables reject thou, and exercise thyself unto piety,
1 Timothy 4:7 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
4:7 Like those who were to contend in the Grecian games, exercise thyself unto godliness - Train thyself up in holiness of heart and life, with the utmost labour, vigour, and diligence.
LibraryGrace Before Meat.
O most gracious God, and loving Father, who feedest all creatures living, which depend upon thy divine providence, we beseech thee, sanctify these creatures, which thou hast ordained for us; give them virtue to nourish our bodies in life and health; and give us grace to receive them soberly and thankfully, as from thy hands; that so, in the strength of these and thy other blessings, we may walk in the uprightness of our hearts, before thy face, this day, and all the days of our lives, through Jesus …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
The Daily Walk with Others (ii. ).
Answer to Mr. W's Fifth Objection.
1 Timothy 1:4
Don't let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don't help people live a life of faith in God.
1 Timothy 1:9
For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders.
1 Timothy 4:8
"Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
1 Timothy 6:3
Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life.
1 Timothy 6:5
These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.
2 Timothy 3:5
They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!
Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.
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