1 Timothy 4:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Timothy 4:5, NIV: because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:5, ESV: for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:5, KJV: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:5, NASB: for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:5, NLT: For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

1 Timothy 4:5, CSB: since it is sanctified by the word of God and by prayer.

What does 1 Timothy 4:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Here, Paul repeats the main theme of the last two verses. Nothing God created is evil, in and of itself. Various false teachers, particularly those adhering to Gnosticism, were teaching that physical matter was sinful. As a result, these people discouraged both marriage and the eating of certain foods. Paul's response appeals to God's role as the Creator (1 Timothy 4:3–4). In fact, everything God created has some good purpose. Nothing given to us by God is meant to be rejected out-of-hand. Rather, we should be thankful for the opportunity to use His creation in a positive way.

Here, Paul extends this teaching even further. The physical creations of this world all have some positive use, but even more so, those things used in a thankful, prayerful, biblical way become "holy"! The food we eat, the materials we build with, the blessing of sexuality within a marriage—everything God gave us in this world can be more than just "good." It can be holy and used for His glory, when used as He intended.