1 Timothy 2:8
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English Standard Version
I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling;

King James Bible
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

American Standard Version
I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputing.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I will therefore that men pray in every place, lifting up pure hands, without anger and contention.

English Revised Version
I desire therefore that the men pray in every place, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and disputing.

Webster's Bible Translation
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Weymouth New Testament
So then I would have the men everywhere pray, lifting to God holy hands which are unstained with anger or strife;

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Vincent's Word Studies

I will (βούλομαι)

Better, I desire. See on Matthew 1:19, and comp. Philippians 1:12. Paul's word is θέλω I will. See Romans 16:19; 1 Corinthians 7:32; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 1 Corinthians 14:5, 1 Corinthians 14:19, etc.

Everywhere (ἐν παντὶ τόπῳ)

Lit. in every place. Wherever Christian congregations assemble. Not every place indiscriminately.

Lifting up holy hands (ἐπαίροντας ὁσίους χεῖρας)

The phrase is unique in N.T. olxx. Among Orientals the lifting up of the hands accompanied taking an oath, blessing, and prayer. The custom passed over into the primitive church, as may be seen from the mural paintings in the catacombs. See Clement, Ad 1 Corinthians 29, which may possibly be a reminiscence of this passage. The verb ἐπαίρειν to raise, twice in Paul, 2 Corinthians 10:5; 2 Corinthians 11:20; but often in Luke. Ὁσίους holy, oP. See on Luke 1:75.

Without wrath and doubting (χωρὶς ὀργῆς καὶ διαλογισμῶν)

The combination only here. Ὁργὴ is used by Paul mostly of the righteous anger and the accompanying judgment of God against sin. As here, only in Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8. Διαλογισμός in N.T. habitually in the plural, as here. The only exception is Luke 9:46, Luke 9:47. By Paul usually in the sense of disputatious reasoning. It may also mean sceptical questionings or criticisms as Philippians 2:14. So probably here. Prayer, according to our writer, is to be without the element of sceptical criticism, whether of God's character and dealings, or of the character and behavior of those for whom prayer is offered.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

I will.

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house...

1 Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man has his proper gift of God, one after this manner...


Titus 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that you affirm constantly...


2 Chronicles 33:11,12 Why the LORD brought on them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns...

Psalm 130:1,2 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD...

Lamentations 3:55,56 I called on your name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon...

Jonah 2:1,2 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Luke 23:42,43 And he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom...

John 4:21,23,24 Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem...

Acts 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children...


Job 16:17 Not for any injustice in my hands: also my prayer is pure.

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Proverbs 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

Proverbs 21:27 The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he brings it with a wicked mind?

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: yes, when you make many prayers, I will not hear...

Isaiah 58:7-11 Is it not to deal your bread to the hungry, and that you bring the poor that are cast out to your house? when you see the naked...

Jeremiah 7:9,10 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you know not...

Malachi 1:9,10 And now, I pray you, beseech God that he will be gracious to us: this has been by your means: will he regard your persons...

Acts 10:2,4,31 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always...

Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience...

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded.

1 John 3:20-22 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things...


1 Kings 3:11 And God said to him, Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked for yourself long life...

Psalm 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting...

Matthew 5:22-24,44 But I say to you, That whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment...

Matthew 6:12,14,15 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors...

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any...

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

1 Peter 3:7 Likewise, you husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel...


Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said to them, Truly I say to you, If you have faith, and doubt not...

Mark 11:23,24 For truly I say to you, That whoever shall say to this mountain, Be you removed, and be you cast into the sea...

James 1:6-8 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed...

Cross References
Psalm 24:4
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.

Psalm 28:2
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.

Psalm 63:4
So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 134:2
Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the LORD!

Psalm 141:2
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!

Luke 24:50
And he led them out as far as Bethany, and lifting up his hands he blessed them.

John 4:21
Jesus said to her, "Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father.

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