1:18 prophecies previously made about you. This refers to an event, mentioned also in 4:14 and in 2 Tim. 1:6 (cf. 2 Tim. 2:2), in which a group of elders, along with Paul, laid hands on Timothy (perhaps when Timothy was set apart for ministry). At that time Timothy received a spiritual gift, along with a word of prophecy appointing him for service (cf. Acts 13:1–3).