1 Timothy 6:16
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English Standard Version
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

King James Bible
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

American Standard Version
who only hath immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power eternal. Amen.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who only hath immortality, and inhabiteth light inaccessible, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and empire everlasting. Amen.

English Revised Version
who only hath immortality, dwelling in light unapproachable; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power eternal. Amen.

Webster's Bible Translation
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.

Weymouth New Testament
who alone possesses immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, and whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be eternal honour and power! Amen.

1 Timothy 6:16 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Who only hath immortality (ὁ μόνος ἔχων ἀθανασίαν)

Comp. ἀφθάρτῳ incorruptible, 1 Timothy 1:17. It has been suggested that there is here a possible allusion to the practice of deifying the woman emperors, with an implied protest against paying them divine honors. In the Asian provinces generally, this imperial cultus was organised as the highest and most authoritative religion. Domitian (81-96 a.d.) assumed the titles of "Lord" and "God," and insisted on being addressed as Dominus et Deus noster in all communications to himself. Trajan (98-117 a.d.) forbade his subjects to address him as "Lord" and "God," but Pliny (112 a.d.) required the citizens of Bithynia to pay divine honors to Trajan's statue. Hadrian (117-138 a.d.) allowed the worship of his statues.

In light

Comp. Psalm 103:2; 1 John 1:5, 1 John 1:7; James 1:17.

Which no man can approach unto (ἀπρόσιτον)

More simply, unapproachable. N.T.o. olxx.

1 Timothy 6:16 Parallel Commentaries

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only. See on ch.

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Exodus 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.

Deuteronomy 32:40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting...

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place...

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Revelation 1:8,17,18 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty...

dwelling.

Psalm 104:2 Who cover yourself with light as with a garment: who stretch out the heavens like a curtain:

Habakkuk 3:4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

Revelation 1:16,17 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword...

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them...

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light...

whom.

Exodus 33:20 And he said, You can not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

John 1:18 No man has seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him.

John 6:46 Not that any man has seen the Father, save he which is of God, he has seen the Father.

John 14:9 Jesus said to him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet have you not known me, Philip? he that has seen me has seen the Father...

Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

to whom. See on ch.

1 Timothy 1:17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Romans 16:25-27 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ...

Ephesians 3:21 To him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Philippians 4:20 Now to God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Jude 1:25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Revelation 1:6 And has made us kings and priests to God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things...

Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor...

Cross References
Exodus 33:20
But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live."

Job 37:23
The Almighty--we cannot find him; he is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.

Psalm 104:2
covering yourself with light as with a garment, stretching out the heavens like a tent.

John 1:18
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

1 Timothy 1:17
To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

James 1:17
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

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