Commentary on 1 Timothy 4:12 – Exegesis and Hermeneutics of the Bible – Biblical Commentary

No one takes your youth for granted; but be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

4:12
— Let no one despise your youth — Let no one doubt Timothy’s command or teaching regarding these things, in consideration of his youth. His youth had nothing to do with the truth of it, since he acted with apostolic authorization. Older people, especially if they are wrong at something, tend to look down on, or look down on, the teaching of someone younger than themselves. It is like saying to the single man, who is advocating biblical teaching on the subject, “What do you know about marriage?” Others understand that Paul refers to the care that Timothy had to give personally, so that no one would be right to underestimate his youth. The phrase “regard little” is a single word in the Greek text. It literally means “to think down”. It appears in 6:12 (have in less); Matt 6:24 (will despise); 1Co 11:22 (you despise); Hebrews 12:2 (disparaging); 2Pe 2:10 (they despise). The Greek word for “youth” is neotetes. It appears in Luke 18:21 (youth); Acts 26:4 (youth). When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, he was probably between 38 and 40 years old. The custom of the time was to call a person “child” until he was about 18 years old, “young” from 18 to 40 years of age, and “old” from 40 until death. — but be an example to believers — Proper character and conduct deserve due respect. The “young man”, whose daily life is exemplary in everything, and who preaches sound doctrine, wins the respect of all. Instead of “example”, other versions say “sampler” (Mod., JTD., SA), or “model” (HA, PB, NVI. BJ). The Greek word is tupos, from which comes the English “type.” It appears in 1Co 10:6; Phil 3:17; 1Thess 1:7; 2Thess 3:9; Tit 2:7; 1Pe 2:21; 1Pe 5:3. Timothy was to be the model for believers. — In word — that is, in all his teaching work. — conduct — The Greek word appears in Gal 1:13; Eph 4:22; Jas 3:13; 1Pe 1:15. The word refers to customs, habits, and ways of treating people. See Notes on 1 Peter, 1:15, comments. — love — from the Greek word agape, the noblest love. Love always seeks the good for the loved one. This love is towards God to honor him, and towards man to serve him. — spirit — Omit, as it does not appear in the oldest manuscripts. Does not appear in the following versions: ASV., Mod., NM, BA, HA, LA, PB, NVI., NTP., BJ, SA, NC To be an example “in spirit” would probably mean to be an example in steadfastness of spirit, or in fervor — faith — that is, in fidelity to the requirements of the gospel in daily life. — and purity — The same Greek word appears in 5:2. In another grammatical form, it also appears in Tit 2:5 (castes). Other versions use the word “chastity” (PB, NC). This word is not to be confused with virginity, or celibacy. Even married women must be chaste, or pure (Tit 2:5). (Some Roman Catholic commentators have applied this word to celibacy.)

Source: Commentary on the New Testament by Partain

none have in little. Matt 18:10; 1Co 16:10, 1Co 16:11; 2Ti 2:7, 2Ti 2:15, 2Ti 2:22.

Be an example of the believers. 1Co 11:1; 1Thess 1:6; 1Thess 2:10; 2Thess 3:7-9; Tit 2:7; 1Pe 5:3.

in word 2Co 6:4-17; Phil 4:8; 2Ti 2:22; Jas 3:13, Jas 3:17; 2Pe 1:5-8.

Source: The Treasury of Biblical Knowledge

youth it was a term applied to men until they were forty years old. Timothy could be between thirty-five and forty years old at that time. The antidote for your youth it was his life. It had to be an example in six areas:

(1) in wordthat is, conversation;

(two) in conductor behavior;

(3) in lovewhich is the love of God;

(4) in spiritthe attitude or power of the Holy Spirit;

(5) in faith, that is, trust in God; Y

(6) in purityboth in the sexual part and in thoughts (1Ti 5:2). Those traits are not just for the youth, but should be desired and practiced by everyone. Those qualities should be developed early in the Christian life.

Source: New Illustrated Caribbean Bible Commentary

BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE BELIEVERS. This is one of the most important qualifications required of a church leader. The Greek word translated “example” is types, which means “model,” “image,” “ideal,” or “pattern.” The pastor, above all, must be a model of fidelity, purity and perseverance in the godly life. The office of bishop may be filled only by those of whom the church can say: “This leader has led a godly life worthy of imitation.” For additional information, see ARTICLE MORAL REQUIREMENTS OF BISHOPS, P. 1740. .

Source: Full Life Study Bible

No one takes your youth for granted. Greek culture placed a high value on age and experience. Since Timothy was between thirty and forty years old, a younger age by the standards of that culture, he would have to earn the respect of others by being an example in his godly life. Since he had been with Paul since his adolescence, Timothy did have too much experience to be considered mature, and it was inexcusable that he be “littled” just because he was under forty. Be an example… in… purity. Paul lists five areas of influence (the best Greek manuscripts omit “in… spirit”), in which Timothy was to set an example to the whole church: “word” (his way of speaking of him; cf. Matt 12:34-37; Eph 4:25; Eph 4:29; Eph 4:31), “conduct” (a just and upright life; cp. Tit 2:10; 1Pe 1:15; 1Pe 2:12; 1Pe 3:16), “love” (sacrificial service for others; cp. Joh 15:13), “faith” (not belief, but fidelity or faithful commitment; cp. 1Co 4:2), “purity” (especially her sexual purity; cp. 1Ti 3:2). Timothy’s exemplary life in these areas would help offset the handicaps of his youth and inexperience.

Source: MacArthur Study Bible

4:12 — Let no one despise your youth — Let no one doubt Timothy’s command or teaching concerning these things, in consideration of his youth. His youth had nothing to do with the truth of it, since he acted with apostolic authorization.
Older people, especially if they are wrong at something, tend to look down on, or look down on, the teaching of someone younger than themselves. It is like saying to the single man, who is advocating biblical teaching on the subject, “What do you know about marriage?”
Others understand that Paul refers to the care that Timothy had to give personally, so that no one would have reason to underestimate his youth.
The phrase “regard little” is a single word in the Greek text. It literally means “to think down”. Appears in 6:12 (regard less); Mat 6:24 (will despise); 1Co 11:22 (you despise); Heb 12:2 (disparaging); 2Pe 2:10 (despise).
The Greek word for “youth” is neotetes. Appears in Luke 18:21 (youth); Acts 26:4 (youth). When Paul wrote this letter to Timothy, he was probably between 38 and 40 years old. The custom of the time was to call a person “child” until he was about 18 years old, “young” from 18 to 40 years of age, and “old” from 40 until death.
–but be an example to believers—Proper character and conduct deserve due respect. The “young man”, whose daily life is exemplary in everything, and who preaches sound doctrine, wins the respect of all.
Instead of “example”, other versions say “sampler” (Mod., JTD., SA), or “model” (HA, PB, NVI. BJ).
The Greek word is tupos, from which comes the English “type.” It appears in 1Co 10:6; Phil 3:17; 1Thess 1:7; 2Thess 3:9; Tit 2:7; 1Pe 2:21; 1Pe 5:3.
Timothy was to be the model for believers.
— in word — that is, in all his teaching work.
— conduct — The Greek word appears in Gal 1:13; Eph 4:22; Jas 3:13; 1Pe 1:15. The word refers to customs, habits, and ways of treating people. See Notes on 1 Peter, 1:15, comments.
— love — from the Greek word agape, the noblest love. Love always seeks the good for the loved one. This love is towards God to honor him, and towards man to serve him.
— spirit — Omit, as it does not appear in the oldest manuscripts. Does not appear in the following versions: ASV., Mod., NM, BA, HA, LA, PB, NVI., NTP., BJ, SA, NC
To be an example “in spirit” would probably mean to be an example in steadfastness of spirit, or in earnestness.
— faith — that is, in fidelity to the requirements of the gospel in daily life.
— and purity — The same Greek word appears in 5:2. In another grammatical form, it also appears in Tit 2:5 (castes).
Other versions use the word “chastity” (PB, NC).
This word is not to be confused with virginity, or celibacy. Even married women are to be chaste, or pure (Titus 2:5). (Some Roman Catholic commentators have applied this word to celibacy.)

Source: Reeves-Partain Notes

Tit 2:15.

Source: Hispano-American Interdenominational Translation

CROSS-REFERENCES

b 169 1Co 16:11; Tit 2:15

c 170 Phil 3:17

d 171 Col 3:12

e 172 Gal 5:22; Jas 3:17

Source: New World Translation

12 super (1) Although Timothy was young, the apostle charged him with the responsibility of caring for the building of a local church and establishing elders and deacons. He was commanded not to be childish and to be a model for believers, in order for him to carry out such a responsibility.

12 super (2) Or, elocution.

12 super (3) Pure in motive and action, without mixture.

Source: New Testament Commentary Recovery Version

love… TR adds in spirit.

Source: Textual Bible IV Edition

Or, to

Source: The Bible of the Americas

TR inserts in spirit.

Source: The Textual Bible III Edition

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