CARING FOR WIDOWS (The series… PT 2)

The Overseer of the Bride Assembly Lagos Church, Bro. Moses Alu


In the previous series (Caring for the widows… Part 1), we looked at the common interpretation of 1Timothy 5:8 of which I had also interpreted it same way to mean that “if any man is not able to provide for his family, then he is worse than an infidel”. We also looked at what may be referred to as “Semi-correct interpretation” or “secondary interpretation” or “first of dual interpretation of that verse” in which it was clearly explained that the KJV uses “any” and so 1Timothy 5:8 can be interpreted to mean that “any man or woman who is not able to provide for his/her own and especially for those of his/her own house, he/she hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” and I stated that this is not the perfect interpretation for 1 Timothy 5:8 so to go much more deeper, let’s look into what other bible versions have to say as regards 1Timothy 5:8

1TIMOTHY 5:8 as translated by commonly used bible versions:
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house,
he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
(KJV) King James Version

“Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own
household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
(NIV) New International Version

“You should make it clear that for a man to refuse to look after his own relations,
especially those actually living in his house, is a denial of the faith he professes.
He is far worse than a man who makes no profession.” (Philips)

“But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his
household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
(NKJV) New King James Version

“But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own
household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.”
(NLT) New Living Translation

“If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family,
he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.”
(RSV) Revised Standard Version

“If anyone fails to provide for his own, and especially for those of his own family,
he has denied the faith [by disregarding its precepts] and is worse than an
unbeliever [who fulfills his obligation in these matters].” (Amplified)

“But anyone who won’t care for his own relatives when they need help, especially
those living in his own family, has no right to say he is a Christian. Such a person
is worse than the heathen.” (TLB) The Living Bible

“But if any do not take care of their relatives, especially the members of their
own family, they have denied the faith and are worse than an unbeliever.”
(GNT) Good news Translation

Considering the way each of these popular English bible versions put it, it looks like the central point is on the man and then maybe the woman but as usual, I prefer to stick to my KJV and we shall see if 1Timothy 5:8 was referring to the man only or referring to both; the men and the women. However, there is an odd one out:

“3-8 Take care of widows who are destitute. If a widow has family members to take
care of her, let them learn that religion begins at their own doorstep and that
they should pay back with gratitude some of what they have received. This
pleases God immensely. You can tell a legitimate widow by the way she has put
all her hope in God, praying to him constantly for the needs of others as well as
her own. But a widow who exploits people’s emotions and pocketbooks—well,
there’s nothing to her . Tell these things to the people so that they will do the right
thing in their extended family. Anyone who neglects to care for family members in
need repudiates the faith. That’s worse than refusing to believe in the first place.

And even though most times I don’t agree with the interpretation of these modern bible translations, because of so much infiltration of errors, human ideas, and denominational creeds, there is still the need to know the truth.


The glory of The Lord Jesus Christ

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