1 Timothy 1:8-9 – PME Point

But we know that the Torah is good, if one uses it lawfully, knowing this, that the Torah is not laid down for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers (1 Timothy 1:8-9, PME).

The critical statement of 1 Timothy 1:9 is hoti dikaiō nomos ou keitai, rendered as “the law is not laid down for the just” (RSV/ESV) or “the law is laid down not for the innocent” (NRSV). An evangelical version like the NASU has the unfortunate, “that law is not made for a righteous person.”

The key verb of interest is keimai, which AMG notes means “To lie down, be laid down….In Matt. 3:10 and Luke 3:9, in regard to the ax that lies at the root of the trees, it does not simply mean that it is lying there, but also implies the necessity of its being taken up and used” (Zodhiates, Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, 855). This would imply that the Torah is not “laid down” upon righteous people in terms of its penalties and condemnation being enacted upon them.

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