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1 Timothy 4:5

King James Version (KJV)
Adam Clarke
Bible Commentary

For it is sanctified by the word of God - Δια λογου Θεου· By the command of God; probably referring to Genesis 1:29; : And God said, I have given you every herb - and every tree - to you it shall be for meat; and to Genesis 9:3; : Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things; i.e. I have given you every animal that is proper for food, as I have given you every herb and fruit proper for nourishment. Therefore, all this was sanctified, set apart, and appropriated to this use by this command. And when man is about to use it, he is to sanctify or set it apart to that use by prayer to God,

  1. That it may answer the end to us for which it was designed;
  • That we may use it with gratitude and moderation;
  • That all the strength derived from it may be devoted to God, in filling up the duties of those situations in which his providence has placed us.
  • Those who thank not God for their food, and pray not for his blessing in the use of it, are unworthy even of a morsel of bread, and of the breath they breathe. Bishop Newton's opinion of this prophecy I have reserved to the end of this chapter.

    Albert Barnes
    Notes on the Whole Bible

    For it is sanctified by the word of God - By the authority or permission of God. It would be profane or unholy if he had forbidden it; it is made holy or proper for our use by his permission, and no command of “man” can make it unholy or improper; compare Genesis 1:29; Genesis 9:3.

    And prayer - If it is partaken of with prayer. By prayer we are enabled to receive it with gratitude, and everything that we eat or drink may thus be made a means of grace.

    Matthew Henry
    Concise Bible Commentary
    The Holy Spirit, both in the Old and the New Testament, spoke of a general turning from the faith of Christ, and the pure worship of God. This should come during the Christian dispensation, for those are called the latter days. False teachers forbid as evil what God has allowed, and command as a duty what he has left indifferent. We find exercise for watchfulness and self-denial, in attending to the requirements of God's law, without being tasked to imaginary duties, which reject what he has allowed. But nothing justifies an intemperate or improper use of things; and nothing will be good to us, unless we seek by prayer for the Lord's blessing upon it.
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