Verse 8 See Psalm 77:1,2
See Lamentations 2:19
Verse 9 (Job 16:8, Isaiah 3:16.) Marriage (selection of wife).
Marriage is by parent choice in the East. When a wife is chosen, the ladies of the household go to
the girl's house and ask her to walk forward with a glass of water to see how she walks. She wears many
jewels on her feet. Must walk with dignity, grace, without an outstretched neck.
"Shamefaced" in I Timothy 2:9 should be "modesty with dignity and grace," making no noise with
jewels on feet. Another requirement is that she have no wrinkles on forehead. Wrinkles are sign of
worry, no trust in God. Christ presents us to God without spot or wrinkle.
"Modest apparel." Many Easterners are heavily laden with all kinds of jewels. Hindus do not
believe in getting their hands dirty in manual labor.
...have to have a dowry to marry—have to offer to girl's parents.
Verses 11 and 12 (I Corinthians 14:34,35) In the East, man sits on one side of the church and the
woman on the other. Man and wife don't sit together—men with men, women with women.
After benediction in the East, everyone remains seated—no hurry.
The men start reading the Bible about what the pastor said—they discuss: Was he right when he said
this? All men join the discussion. A woman from one end will yell over to the men and say, "Bill, I
agree with you." More of the women joined in—there was GREAT confusion—everyone had his own
opinion. Paul says, let the women keep silent and ask at home what they were discussing.
I Timothy 2:11,12. Teach should be debate. This is the same as in I Corinthians 14:34. Don't yell
across the aisles and debate with men—ask them at home. This is too much confusion.
The man is the lord of the woman—she should be in agreement with what he says—not argue with
him. She should be humble, submissive, silent, gracious, kind, courteous, sweet, loving—that's the
woman's job—culture.
Verse 12 "I do not think it seemly for a woman to debate publicly, with a man. or to usurp authority of a
man, but should be silent." In the East, often time after a Church service, they will gather and discuss
what the minister has said and they will start arguments. It is not proper for a woman to take part in such
a discussion or argument. The woman waits until after she comes home to discuss it with her husband.
(I Corinthians 14:34) Woman (teaching). It is not true that a woman should not teach or preach in
church. In East, men sit on one side, women on the other side of the meeting room. After meeting is
over, the men discuss and debate what was taught. When the women start yelling across, too, it becomes
more confusing. "Teach" in Timothy, should be "debate." But women can preach. It is not usurping
authority over the man. Husband is head of the home and women should not usurp that authority.
Sometimes men are afraid of the woman getting involved in teaching, preaching, etc., and talking too
much because they like to boss her and see themselves as superior. It is not a God-ordained viewpoint. A
woman does not submit because she is inferior to or afraid of her husband, because that would be of the
flesh. It is rather a spiritual matter of obedience to the will of God. The relationship is not superiorinferior,
but is a spiritual relationship based on love.
"Woman to teach." Oriental translation: "I do not think it seemly for a woman to debate publicly or
otherwise usurp authority of men, but should be silent."
In the Eastern Christian churches, the men sit on one side and women sit on the other side. After the
sermon, the men debate. It is an oriental tradition, right or wrong though it may be, that only the men
participate in the debate. This has nothing to do with teaching.
Many times in the East, when Orientals become Christian, they pick up bad habits from American
Christians there. They begin drinking, smoking, etc. and losing a lot of their traditional discipline.
There is no reason for women not to teach, prophesy, etc. in the Church.
Verse 1 Elder is a pastor in the church. He is a spiritual elder—not one by age necessarily. Look to
him as a father, God is to correct Him, not the church. Younger men are brothers. In the East, anyone
can check on your children. If they act up, you may punish them—then you're looked upon as a good
citizen. Nip the evil in the bud. Check them out of love, not anger nor malice. Teach them the right way.
Verse 3 Widows that are widows indeed. If a woman is married at 21, and her husband dies at 25, she
is not a widow indeed—you must be married at least 60 years old to be a widow indeed. If you live with
your husband 7 years from your virginity, you're also a widow indeed, even though you are not 60. If you
are 18-20, you can join the temple and minister with no problem. If you are married less than seven years
and your husband dies, you cannot go to the temple and become a minister (serve in the temple). There
are two types of widows: younger and widows indeed. These younger widows have to wait until they are
60—she has lost desires for the earthly pleasures and is trustworthy. If she has lived with her husband for
seven years, she has also lost her desires to the world and is trustworthy. This is Eastern psychology.
Why 7 years? Shows completeness in itself (perfection.)
Verse 4 If you have two brothers and you are the eldest and all three of you are married, their families,
as well as yours, are under your subjection (after your father's death). If the younger brother dies and
leaves a wife, you as eldest brother are responsible for his wife and family, to take care of them. The
widow remains in the family and you, as the head of the house, educate her children. This way the family
is not broken up. This is true no matter how distant your relatives are. This is why there aren't any
orphanages in the higher class of people. The law is in their favor to marry, but they don't want to marry.
They want to spend the rest of their time in prayer. They are (widows) helpful in the family to teach the children.
Verses 5-8 Provide for his own house—take care of every one of your relatives, no matter how distant
they are. You don't put them away in "old people's home." If you don't take care of them, you're an
infidel. Same with Chinese, Jews and Indians. West is barbaric. You should take care of them, wash
them, feed them, etc. If you get married, each son has an apartment in the father's house. They live
separately, but they eat together. Maybe 20 people eat together—doesn't matter. They all work under
instructions of the head of the family, the mother-in-law. They don't quarrel. In America, mother-in-law
is a foreigner to the daughter-in-law. They marry Hindu's. They're in the same family. They are related
together—blood relationship.
That's why they can't send them away from their home either. It may get to the point that the whole
village belongs to the same family. That's when they say let us all pray together—they all have the same
religion—not separate denominations. All are Hindu's in East.
Verse 9 (Luke 2:36-38.) Widows, temple service. Gave much information about Anna the prophetess:
how old she was, her father's name, husband's name, tribe, how long she was married, what service she
did in temple, etc. This information was given because she was a widow. Otherwise no one would
believe her word. A man under the age of thirty is not believed to have reliable wisdom either. If a virgin
(unmarried) of 21 wants to join the temple for service, she may do so, but if she is a widow under 60 she
may not do so if she did not live with her husband at least seven years. She is a "younger widow."
In I Timothy 5:9, Paul says not to take in a widow under 60 years old. It was believed that younger
widows were too inclined to follow after the world. A woman of 60 has better wisdom. Anna was 84
years old, and all that information was given on her to assure people of the reliability of her word. A
"widow indeed" is one over 60 years old or one who lived with her husband for at least seven years.
Widow serving. Widow had to be 60 (threescore years) years old before serving. (In contrast to the
"widow indeed," verse 3)
See Luke 2:36,37
If a woman is a widow under 60 she will not be accepted into temple. If a woman is married for 7
years to one man and then becomes a widow, she is acceptable into the temple.
See also: Judges 11:35-40; Luke 2:36,37
Once a girl decided to serve in the temple, she would be brought to the temple by her parents and
they would shave off all the hair from her head and she would never get married. A veil was placed on
her head. Father must give his consent for girl to marry, no matter what her age is.
If a young woman lives only one year with her husband, she must wait 60 years to be qualified to
serve in the temple. In the East, 30 years of age was the acceptable time for a man to be ordained. Prior
to this age, he is considered to be immature and incapable spiritually. This is why Jesus had to wait to be
30 before he began his work. No one would have listened to him at all if he had been younger than thirty.
Verses 9-12 When an Easterner hears that someone is a widow, he will want to know what kind of a
widow she is because her word cannot be trusted until she is sixty years old. When describing a widow,
all particulars must be given to show that she is trustworthy, but with a man these particulars are not
necessary; such as Simeon, his integrity was not stated.
Verse 23 "Drink no longer water" means not to drink water to excess. Easterners drink more water than
Westerners. I can't eat food without water. Timothy was in the habit of drinking too much water, like
most Orientals are. They drink too much water and their food doesn't digest. "Drink water, but not in
excess, which causes trouble in your stomach, but add a little wine."
Drink no longer water—in excess (these two words are missing in the King James). Wine here is
grape juice. There is a certain stomach disease in the East where the people do nothing but drink water
and will not eat. They will die. By drinking grape juice, they will be healed of this disease. This is what
Paul is saying here. These people would drink nothing but water, lose their appetite, and die of the disease.
Noah? Planted vineyard—drunk with wine. (Fermented.)
Lot—drunk with fermented wine.
Can only tell whether grape juice or fermented wine is used by the context—both are called wine in the Bible.
There are certain diseases in the East we do not have. For a certain stomach disease, a man would
cease from eating food and drink a great deal of water. Shortly after this, he would drop dead. Paul says
"Drink no longer water in excess, but use a little grape juice for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities."
Do not drink water in excess. Easterners drink much water with their food, so food does not digest
well. Wine = grape juice.
Verse 6 "But our gain is greater contentment, for it is the worship of God that brings us contentment."
That is all we live for: to worship God and to find peace and contentment.
Godliness with contentment. Eastern text: "But our gain is greater contentment." The worship or
service of God brings us greater contentment.