1 Timothy 5:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Timothy 5:25, NIV: "In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever."

1 Timothy 5:25, ESV: "So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden."

1 Timothy 5:25, KJV: "Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid."

1 Timothy 5:25, NASB: "Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed."

1 Timothy 5:25, NLT: "In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light."

1 Timothy 5:25, CSB: "Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden."

What does 1 Timothy 5:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

In this final verse, Paul concludes his words on elders beginning in verse 17 and completes the second half of his statement from the previous verse. In contrast with those with obvious sins and those who conceal sins, he mentions two categories of people known for good works. First, he writes that some good deeds are obvious to others and seen by many people.

Second, however, are good works which are not as clear. Just as human eyes can miss the hidden sins of others, so too can human eyes miss the good done by fellow human beings. And yet, both sins and good works are known by God. Even minor, less obvious, or secret good deeds cannot be hidden (Matthew 6:4). God sees everything, and people eventually discover the good works of others as well. These words closely reflect Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount that state: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).