New International Version
because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
King James Bible
For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
Darby Bible Translation
for it is sanctified by God's word and freely addressing [him].
World English Bible
For it is sanctified through the word of God and prayer.
Young's Literal Translation
for it is sanctified through the word of God and intercession.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
For it is sanctified by the word of God - Δια λογου Θεου· By the command of God; probably referring to Genesis 1:29 : And God said, I have given you every herb - and every tree - to you it shall be for meat; and to Genesis 9:3 : Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things; i.e. I have given you every animal that is proper for food, as I have given you every herb and fruit proper for nourishment. Therefore, all this was sanctified, set apart, and appropriated to this use by this command. And when man is about to use it, he is to sanctify or set it apart to that use by prayer to God,
1. That it may answer the end to us for which it was designed;
2. That we may use it with gratitude and moderation;
3. That all the strength derived from it may be devoted to God, in filling up the duties of those situations in which his providence has placed us.
Those who thank not God for their food, and pray not for his blessing in the use of it, are unworthy even of a morsel of bread, and of the breath they breathe. Bishop Newton's opinion of this prophecy I have reserved to the end of this chapter.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
'Exercise thyself unto Godliness.'--1 TIM. iv. 7. Timothy seems to have been not a very strong character: sensitive, easily discouraged, and perhaps with a constitutional tendency to indolence. At all events, it is very touching to notice how the old Apostle--a prisoner, soon to be a martyr--forgot all about his own anxieties and burdens, and, through both of his letters to his young helper, gives himself to the task of bracing him up. Thus he says to him, in my text, amongst other trumpet-tongued …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Epistle cxxiii. To Venantius and Italica .
"But Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God, and his Righteousness, and all These Things Shall be Added unto You. "
Prefatory Scripture Passages.
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
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