1 Timothy 2:1-15 NIV
Instructions on Worship
1I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—2for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3This is good, and pleases GOD our SAVIOR, 4WHO Wants all people To Be Saved and To Come to a knowledge of the Truth.
5For There Is ONE GOD and ONE MEDIATOR between GOD and mankind, The Man CHRIST JESUS, 6WHO Gave HIMSELF as a ransom for all people.
This has now been witnessed to at the proper time. 7And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying—and a true and faithful teacher of the Gentiles.
8Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing. 9I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship GOD.
11A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.
15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
1 Timothy 2:15. Notwithstanding, she shall be saved in child-bearing —
That is, says Locke, she shall be carried safely through child-bearing; a sense which Dr. Whitby illustrates at large, and which Dr. Benson seems partly to adopt, observing, “The apostle having intimated that the man was superior by creation, and the subjection of the woman increased by the fall, he here declares, that if the Christian women continued in holiness and charity, the curse pronounced upon the fall would be removed or mitigated.”
To the same purpose also Baxter paraphrases the words: “Though her sin had brought her low, and even under a curse, in the pain and peril of child-bearing, she is, even in that low and sad condition, under GOD’S merciful protection, and saving covenant of grace, which contains the promise of this life and that to come, if she continue in faith, charity, and purity, with sobriety.”
He adds another interpretation, as follows: “Though sin and sorrow in travail came in by the woman, yet by a woman’s child-bearing a SAVIOR Came into the world, (which is some reparation of the honor of the gender,) and so the women may be saved as well as the men by CHRIST.”
This latter sense is nearly that adopted by Macknight, who thus paraphrases on the verse:“However, though Eve was first in transgression, and brought death on herself, her husband, and her posterity, the female gender shall be saved equally with the male; through child-bearing; through bringing forth The SAVIOR; if they live in faith, and love, and chastity, with that sobriety which I have been recommending.”
He adds, by way of note, “The word σωθησεται, saved, in this verse, refers to η γυνη, the woman, in the foregoing verse, who is certainly Eve. But the apostle did not mean to say that she alone was to be saved through child-bearing; but that all her posterity, whether male or female, are to be saved through the childbearing of a woman; as is evident from his adding, If they live in faith, and love, and holiness, with sobriety. For safety in child-bearing does not depend on that condition, since many pious women die in child-bearing; while others of a contrary character are preserved.
The salvation of the human race through child-bearing, was intimated in the sentence passed on the serpent,
I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and
between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head.
Accordingly, The SAVIOR being conceived in the womb of his mother by the power of The HOLY SPIRIT, HE Is truly the Seed of the woman WHO Was to Bruise the head of the serpent. And a woman, by bringing HIM forth, hath been the occasion of our salvation. If they continue in faith —
The change in the number of the verb from the singular to the plural, which is introduced here, was designed by the apostle to show that he does not speak of Eve, nor of any particular woman, [merely,] but of the whole gender.”
N.B. Some spellings have been modified in modern expressions by the blogger.