First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and
thanksgivings be made for everyone,
including kings and all who are in
authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and peaceful life in all godliness and
These prayers are good and pleasing to God our Savior,
desires all people to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth
5 namely that there is one God and one mediator between that one God and
humanity, Messiah Jesus, who is himself human.
6 He gave himself as a
ransom for all, a testimony at the appointed time. 7 To this I was appointed a herald and Apostle — I am telling the truth; I am not lying — and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
8 So then I want the men in every place to pray,
lifting up holy hands without anger or argument.
9 Also the women should dress in proper clothing, with
modesty and decency. Their beauty should not be elaborate hairstyles, gold,
pearls, or expensive clothes,
10 but good works, as is proper for women
claiming reverence for God.
11 A woman should learn quietly with full submission. 12 But I do not allow a woman to teach or domineer over
a man; instead she is to be quiet.
13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve.
14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, because she was completely deceived, fell into sin.
15 But she will be preserved through childbearing, if she continues in faith, love and holiness with self-restraint.
The knowledge of the truth has as its framework the unitarian statement which follows in
which the definition of the One God and Jesus are made crystal clear, following the pattern established
by the umbrella text Ps. 110:1 which governs the NT.
This text must not be allowed to contradict the earlier instruction in 1 Cor. 11:5 that women
may “pray and prophesy” (i.e. encourage and edify), provided it is done appropriately.