This is the right thing to do (1 Tim. 2:3)

“This is right

And acceptable

In the sight of God,

Our savior.”

τοῦτο καλὸν καὶ ἀπόδεκτον ἐνώπιον τοῦ Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Θεοῦ,

Paul said, “This is right (τοῦτο καλὸν) and acceptable (καὶ ἀπόδεκτον) in the sight (ἐνώπιον) of God (Θεοῦ), our savior (Σωτῆρος ἡμῶν).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ἀπόδεκτον, that means acceptable, welcome, or pleasant.  Paul said that praying for the kings and other authorities was a good, right, and acceptable practice before God, who was the savior of all of them.  It was a good and pleasant thing to pray for the people in charge of civil society, even if they were not followers of Jesus Christ.  Everyone was in the presence or in front of God, our savior.  Do you think that it is right to pray for civil leaders?

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