Worse than an infidel

http://bible.cc/1_timothy/5-8.htm
KJV But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. NIV If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
BBE If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith

Infidel (literally “one without faith”) is an English word meaning “a person who does not believe in religion or who adheres to a religion other than one’s own”.
Looks like KJV has the most “ooomph” here. The biggest impact of the word here. Infidel.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

5:3-8 Honour widows that are widows indeed, relieve them, and maintain them. It is the duty of children, if their parents are in need, and they are able to relieve them, to do it to the utmost of their power. Widowhood is a desolate state; but let widows trust in the Lord, and continue in prayer. All who live in pleasure, are dead while they live, spiritually dead, dead in trespasses and sins. Alas, what numbers there are of this description among nominal Christians, even to the latest period of life! If any men or women do not maintain their poor relations, they in effect deny the faith. If they spend upon their lusts and pleasures, what should maintain their families, they have denied the faith, and are worse than infidels. If professors of the gospel give way to any corrupt principle or conduct, they are worse than those who do not profess to believe the doctrines of grace.

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~ by ymsim on 2009/12/31.

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