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1 Timothy 2:3-5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Such prayer for all[a] is good and welcomed before God our Savior, since he wants[b] all people[c] to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one intermediary[d] between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human,[e]


  1. 1 Timothy 2:3 tn Grk “this”; the referent (such prayer for all, referring to vv. 1-2) is specified in the translation for clarity.
  2. 1 Timothy 2:4 tn Grk “who wants…” (but showing why such prayer is pleasing to God).
  3. 1 Timothy 2:4 tn Grk “all men,” but here ἀνθρώπους (anthrōpous) is used generically, referring to both men and women.
  4. 1 Timothy 2:5 tn Traditionally this word (μεσίτης, mesitēs) is rendered “mediator,” but this conveys a wrong impression in contemporary English. Jesus was not a mediator, for example, who worked for compromise between opposing parties. Instead he was the only one able to go between man and God to enable them to have a relationship, but entirely on God’s terms.
  5. 1 Timothy 2:5 tn Grk “one mediator between God and mankind, the human, Christ Jesus.”
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