1 TIMOTHY 5:23



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“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.”

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1 Timothy 5:23 Translation & Meaning

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Drink ὑδροπότει To be a water-drinker, i.e., to abstain from vinous beverages Drink
no longer Μηκέτι No further no longer
water, ὑδροπότει To be a water-drinker, i.e., to abstain from vinous beverages water
but ἀλλ' Properly, other things, i.e., (adverbially) contrariwise (in many relations) but
use χρῶ To furnish what is needed; (give an oracle, "graze" (touch slightly), light upon, etc.), i.e., (by implication) to employ or (by extension) to act towards one in a given manner use
a little ὀλίγῳ Puny (in extent, degree, number, duration or value); especially neuter (adverbially) somewhat little
wine οἴνῳ "wine" (literally or figuratively) wine
for sake διὰ Through (in very wide applications, local, causal, or occasional) sake
thy σου Of thee, thy thy
stomach's στόμαχον An orifice (the gullet), i.e., (specially), the "stomach" stomachs
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
thine σοῦ Of thee, thy thine
often πυκνάς Clasped (thick), i.e., (figuratively) frequent; neuter plural (as adverb) frequently often
infirmities. ἀσθενείας Feebleness (of mind or body); by implication, malady; morally, frailty infirmities

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  • 21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

  • 22  Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

  • 23  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

  • 24  Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

  • 25  Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.


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