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1 Timothy 1:17

A suitable conclusion to the beautifully simple enunciation of the Gospel, of which his own history is a living sample or pattern. It is from the experimental sense of grace that the doxology flows [BENGEL].

the King, eternal—literally, "King of the (eternal) ages." The Septuagint translates Exodus 15:18, "The Lord shall reign for ages and beyond them." Psalms 145:13, Margin, "Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom," literally, "a kingdom of all ages." The "life everlasting" (I Timothy 1:16) suggested here "the King eternal," or everlasting. It answers also to "for ever and ever" at the close, literally, "to the ages of the ages" (the countless succession of ages made up of ages).

immortal—The oldest manuscripts read, "incorruptible." The Vulgate, however, and one very old manuscript read as English Version (Romans 1:23).

invisible— (I Timothy 6:16; Exodus 33:20; John 1:18; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 11:27).

the only wise God—The oldest manuscripts omit "wise," which probably crept in from Romans 16:27, where it is more appropriate to the context than here (compare Judges 1:25). "The only Potentate" (I Timothy 6:15; Psalms 86:10; John 5:44).

for ever, etc.—See note, above. The thought of eternity (terrible as it is to unbelievers) is delightful to those assured of grace (I Timothy 1:16) [BENGEL].




Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing 1 Timothy 1:17:

Colossians 1:15
1 Timothy 1:4
Hebrews 11:27

 

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