The law is for the lawless ones (1 Tim. 1:9)

“This means understanding

That the law

Is laid down

Not for the innocent righteous ones,

But for the lawless

And the disobedient ones,

For the godless

And sinful ones,

For the unholy

And the profane ones,

For those who kill

Their fathers

Or mothers,

For the murderers.”

εἰδὼς τοῦτο, ὅτι δικαίῳ νόμος οὐ κεῖται, ἀνόμοις δὲ καὶ ἀνυποτάκτοις, ἀσεβέσι καὶ ἁμαρτωλοῖς, ἀνοσίοις καὶ βεβήλοις, πατρολῴαις καὶ μητρολῴαις, ἀνδροφόνοις,

Paul said, “This means understanding (εἰδὼς τοῦτο) that (ὅτι) the law (νόμος) is laid down (κεῖται) not (οὐ) for the innocent righteous ones (δικαίῳ) but for the lawless (ἀνόμοις) and the disobedient ones (δὲ καὶ ἀνυποτάκτοις), for the godless (ἀσεβέσι) and the sinful ones (καὶ ἁμαρτωλοῖς), for the unholy (ἀνοσίοις) and the profane ones (καὶ βεβήλοις), for those who kill their fathers (πατρολῴαις) or their mothers (καὶ μητρολῴαις), for the murderers (ἀνδροφόνοις).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἀνυποτάκτοις, that means not subject to rule or unruly, and the word ἀνοσίοις, that means unholy or profane, and the word βεβήλοις, that means permitted to be trodden or unhallowed, and the word πατρολῴαις, that means murderer of fathers or patricide, and the word μητρολῴαις, that means murder of your mother or matricide, and the word ἀνδροφόνοις, that means a manslayer or a murderer.  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀσεβέσι, that means ungodly, impious, or wicked.  Paul once again displayed a unique vocabulary to get his point across.  They knew why there was a Mosaic Law.  It was not for the innocent righteous just ones, but for the lawless ones.  This law was for the disobedient, unruly, godless, sinning, unholy, and profane people.  This law was meant for the human killers who would even kill their own mothers and their own fathers.  Thus, the just ones did not have to worry.  On the other hand, the unjust ones should worry, but normally did not.  Are laws just for bad people?

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