Turned over to Satan (1 Tim. 1:20)

“Among the shipwrecked

Are Hymenaeus

And Alexander,

Whom I have turned over

To Satan,

So that they may learn

Not to blaspheme.”

ὧν ἐστιν Ὑμέναιος καὶ Ἀλέξανδρος, οὓς παρέδωκα τῷ Σατανᾷ, ἵνα παιδευθῶσιν μὴ βλασφημεῖν.

Paul said, “Among the shipwrecked are (ὧν ἐστιν) Hymenaeus (Ὑμέναιος) and Alexander (καὶ Ἀλέξανδρος), whom I have turned over (οὓς παρέδωκα) to Satan (τῷ Σατανᾷ), so that they may learn (ἵνα παιδευθῶσιν) not to blaspheme (μὴ βλασφημεῖν).”  Paul then mentioned the names of two people in Ephesus who have been shipwrecked in their faith.  Paul wanted them turned over to Satan or thrown out of the Christian community at Ephesus.  They had to learn not to blaspheme.  Who were these guys?  Hymenaeus was mentioned again in the second letter to Timothy, chapter 2:17, where he was once again leading people into impiety.  This Alexander may have been the Ephesus Jewish person in Acts, chapter 19:33 or the one mentioned in 2 Timothy, chapter 4:14-15, who was an Ephesian coppersmith who opposed Paul.  Obviously, they were teaching or preaching a message that Paul considered heretical or not correct.  Do you know someone who is teaching incorrectly about Jesus Christ?

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