worldly (bebēlos | Strong's # G952)

  • Definition: "pertaining to being profane in the sense of worldly or godless -- ‘worldly, godless.’" [ref] // "unhallowed, profane" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "unholy"; "hateful to God, impious" [ref]
  • Antonyms: "holy"; "divine"; "sacred, holy"; "honorable" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • profane 1x: 1 Timothy 1:9
    • worldly 3x: 1 Timothy 4:7; 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16

fables (muthos | Strong's # G3454)

  • Definition: "a legendary story or account, normally about supernatural beings, events, or cultural heroes, and in the NT always with an unfavorable connotation -- ‘legend, myth, tale, story, fable.’" [ref] // "Commonly rendered as a tale or a fable or that which is fabricated by the mind in contrast to reality. It is the word from which 'mythology' is derived. There may be much logos, logic and reasoning, in a myth. In the NT, however, the word "myth" does not have the meaning of being a vehicle of some lofty truth as in the early use of the word. Mostly used in the NT denoting a fable full of falsehoods and pretenses." [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • fables 1x: 1 Timothy 1:4
    • myths 3x: 1 Timothy 4:7; 2 Timothy 4:4; Titus 1:14

discipline (gumnazō | Strong's # G1128)

  • Definition: "to control oneself by thorough discipline -- ‘to discipline oneself, to keep oneself disciplined.’ ... In a number of languages the equivalent of ‘to discipline oneself’ is literally ‘to make oneself obey.’ This may sometimes be expressed idiomatically as ‘to command one’s heart.’" [ref] // "primarily signifies 'to exercise naked' (from gumnos, 'naked'); then, generally, 'to exercise, to train the body or mind' (Eng., 'gymnastic')" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "to exercise by training or discipline; katartízō (G2675), to fit; stoichéō (G4748), to keep step, metaphorically to conform to virtue and piety; phrontízō (G5431), to exercise thought; anatréphō (G397), to rear, to bring or nourish up; suntēréō (G4933), to preserve; agōnízomai (G75), to strive; athléō (G118), to contend in competitive games, to exercise.
    " [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles: discipline 1x: 1 Timothy 4:7

the purpose of godliness (eusebeia| Strong's # G2150)

  • Definition: "behavior reflecting correct religious beliefs and attitudes -- ‘piety, godliness.’" [ref] // "from eu, 'well,' and sebomai, 'to be devout,' denotes that piety which, characterized by a Godward attitude, does that which is well-pleasing to Him" [ref] // "Devotion, piety toward God" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • godliness 6x: 1 Timothy 2:2; 4:8; 6:3, 5, 6, 11
    • of godliness 2x: 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 Timothy 3:5
    • the purpose of godliness 1x: 1 Timothy 4:7

discipline (gumnasia | Strong's # G1129)

  • Definition: "to engage in physical exercise as a way of improving the body -- ‘physical exercise.’" [ref] // "Exercise of the body by severities such as fasting, abstinence, or watching" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles: discipline 1x: 1 Timothy 4:8

profit, profitable (ōphelimos | Strong's # G5624)

  • Definition: "pertaining to a benefit to be derived from some object, event, or state -- ‘advantage, benefit, beneficial.’" [ref] // "Helpful, profitable, useful" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "useful"; "serviceable"; "necessary"; "extremely valuable" [ref]
  • Antonyms: "useless, unprofitable"; "gainless, unprofitable"; "inefficient, unprofitable";"empty, vain"; "superfluous" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • profit 2x: 1 Timothy 4:8
    • profitable 3x: 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Timothy 3:16; Titus 3:8

prescribe (paraggellō | Strong's # G3853)

  • Definition: "to announce what must be done -- ‘to order, to command.’" [ref] // "lit., 'to announce beside' (para, 'beside,' angello, 'to announce'), 'to hand on an announcement from one to another,' usually denotes 'to command, to charge'" [ref] // "To pass on an announcement, hence, to give the word to someone nearby, to advance an order, charge or command" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "to summon, bid"; "to command"; "to declare" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • instruct 1x: 1 Timothy 6:17
    • I charge 1x: 1 Timothy 6:13
    • prescribe 2x: 1 Timothy 4:11; 5:7
    • you may instruct 1x: 1 Timothy 1:3

teach (didaskō | Strong's # G1321)

  • Definition: "to provide instruction in a formal or informal setting -- ‘to teach, teaching.’" [ref] // "Teach, instruct by word of mouth" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "to instruct with discipline";"to disciple, teach with the expectation of one's learning and appropriating" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles:
    • to teach 2x: 1 Timothy 2:12; 2 Timothy 2:2
    • teach 2x: 1 Timothy 4:11; 6:2

an example (tupos | Strong's # G5179)

  • Definition: "a model of behavior as an example to be imitated or to be avoided -- ‘model, example.’" [ref] // "primarily denoted 'a blow,' hence
    • an impression, the mark of a 'blow' (John 20:25)
    • the 'impress' of a seal, the stamp made by a die, a figure, image (Acts 7:43)
    • a 'form' or mold (Rom. 6:17, see RV)
    • the sense or substance of a letter (Acts 23:25)
    • 'an ensample' [= example], pattern (Acts 7:44; Heb. 8:5), 'pattern'; in an ethical sense (1 Cor. 10:6; Phil. 3:17; 1 Thess. 1:7; 2 Thess. 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12)" [ref]
  • Synonyms: "a sketch, pattern for imitation" [ref]
  • Pastoral Epistles: an example 2x: 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7