Understanding the Scriptures
|Reproach (v. 10)||Rebuke|
|Despise (v. 12)||Look down on, despise|
|Exhortation (v. 13)||Preaching|
1 Timothy 4:2—“Having Their Conscience Seared with a Hot Iron”
Hot irons were sometimes used to cauterize (burn) skin tissue and seal wounds to stop them from bleeding. Paul used this intense image to explain that in the last days there would be some whose consciences would be hardened or sealed off because of unrighteousness. The Book of Mormon prophets described them as being “past feeling” (1 Nephi 17:45; Moroni 9:20).
1 Timothy 4:3—“Forbidding to Marry, and Commanding to Abstain from Meats”
Paul prophesied that in the latter times there would be some who would follow the false practices of forbidding to marry and abstaining from meat. Read Doctrine and Covenants 49:15–21 and learn what the Lord revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith on these two subjects.
|Piety (v. 4)||Loyalty, devotion, reverence|
|Requite (v. 4)||Repay|
|Infidel (v. 8)||Unbeliever|
|Begun to wax wanton against Christ (v. 11)||Sexual desires that overcome one’s commitment to Christ|
|Tattlers (v. 13)||Gossipers|
|Unrebukeable (v. 14)||Not deserving punishment|
|Potentate (v. 15)||Absolute ruler|
Studying the Scriptures
Do the following activity as you study 1 Timothy 4–6.
Apply Paul’s Teachings to Your Day
Read and think about what Paul taught in 1 Timothy 6:11–12. Write a paragraph in your notebook that summarizes what these verses mean to you.
Select two teachings each from 1 Timothy 4, 5, and 6 that you believe are most needed in your school. List the teachings, the verses where you found the teachings, and why you think they are important for today.