1 Timothy 4:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Timothy 4:11, NIV: Command and teach these things.

1 Timothy 4:11, ESV: Command and teach these things.

1 Timothy 4:11, KJV: These things command and teach.

1 Timothy 4:11, NASB: Prescribe and teach these things.

1 Timothy 4:11, NLT: Teach these things and insist that everyone learn them.

1 Timothy 4:11, CSB: Command and teach these things.

What does 1 Timothy 4:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This short verse includes only four words in the Greek text and five in English: "Command and teach these things."

Timothy was given two imperatives. The Greek word parangelle means to "declare, command, or charge." Timothy is to explicitly instruct people according to these truths. In addition, he is to teach. This follows the instructions Paul has given in the prior verses.

This two-fold command to preach and teach was common in the New Testament (Ephesians 4:12). In 1 Timothy 5:7, Paul will also tell Timothy to "Command these things as well," there referring to instructions regarding the church's treatment of widows.

The items Paul has in mind are all the points made in verses 1 through 10. In particular, Paul is referring to the immediate context of verses 6–10. There, he dealt with avoiding myths and pursuing godly living. These words also hold special importance; the next verse will command Timothy to be an example through his life of these commands and teachings.