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So I want the men[a] in every place to pray,[b] lifting up holy hands[c] without anger or dispute.

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  1. 1 Timothy 2:8 tn The word translated “men” here (ἀνήρ, anēr) refers to adult males, not people in general. Note the command given to “the women” in v. 9.
  2. 1 Timothy 2:8 sn To pray. In this verse Paul resumes and concludes the section about prayer begun in 2:1-2. 1 Tim 2:3-7 described God’s concern for all people as the motive for such prayer.
  3. 1 Timothy 2:8 sn Paul uses a common ancient posture in prayer (lifting up holy hands) as a figure of speech for offering requests from a holy life (without anger or dispute).