1 Timothy 5:12

Having judgment, because they have cast off their first faith.
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Augustine of Hippo

AD 430
The apostle mentions evil, unmarried women who are gossipers and busybodies and says that this vice springs from idleness. “And further,” he says, “being idle, they learn to go about from house to house, and are not only idle, but gossipers as well as busybodies, mentioning things they ought not.” He had previously said of these, “But refuse younger widows, for when they have wantonly turned away from Christ, they wish to marry and are to be condemned because they have broken their first pledge,” that is, they did not persevere in what they had first vowed. However, he does not say “They marry” but “They wish to marry,” for it is not the love of their noble vow which prevents many of them from marrying but fear of outright indecency. This itself springs from pride by which human displeasure is more dreaded than the divine displeasure. . ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Having, or incurring and making themselves liable to damnation, by a breach of their first faith, their vow or promise, (Witham) by which they had engaged themselves to Christ. (Challoner)


AD 420
The apostle, in concluding his discussion of marriage and virginity, is careful to observe a right balance in discriminating between them. Turning neither to the right hand nor to the left, he keeps to the King’s highway and thus fulfills the injunction, “Be not righteous overmuch.” … Do we not clearly show by this language what is typified in the Holy Scriptures by the terms right and left, and also what we take to be the meaning of the words “Be not righteous overmuch”? We turn to the left if, following the lust of Jews and Gentiles, we burn for sexual intercourse. We turn to the right if, following the error of the Manichaeans, we under a pretense of chastity entangle ourselves in the meshes of unchastity. But we keep to the King’s highway if we aspire to virginity yet refrain from condemning marriage. Can anyone, moreover, be so unfair in his criticism of my poor treatise as to allege that I condemn first marriages, when he reads my opinion of second ones as follows, “The apostle, ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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