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2 Timothy 1:7 "God hath given us a SOUND MIND."


2 Timothy 1:7 - “God hath given us A SOUND MIND”


Another great verse in the King James Bible has been messed up in many modern versions.  


In 2 Timothy 1:7 we read: “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of A SOUND MIND.”



ASV 1901 - discipline”


ESV 2011, RSV, MEV 2014, Dan Wallace’s NET version, Catholic New Jerusalem - "self-control."


The Amplified Bible 1987 - “discipline and self-control.”


Holman Standard 2009, Lexham English Bible 2012 -  "self-discipline."


These versions are wrong for several reasons. A sound mind is something that God gives us. It is a gift from God. We do not create it ourselves or “work hard” for it. It has nothing to do with SELF in any way.  


As a friend and fellow King James Bible believer, William, pointed out - “Someone wants you to rely, not on God's gift, but on your own self-discipline and self-control. It’s a contradiction to say that self-control is a gift from God. If I can control myself, then why do I need God to do it for me?” 


You will never find this exaltation of “self” in the King James Bible. Yet today’s modern corruptions are full of references to “self-control” and “self-discipline” that exalt the flesh and abilities of man.


For example, the ESV has “he reasoned about righteousness and SELF-CONTROL” in Acts 24:25 (KJB - temperance),


“your lack of SELF-CONTROL” in 1 Cor. 7:5 (KJB incontinency)


But if they cannot exercise SELF-CONTROL, they should marry.” in 1 Cor. 7:9 ( KJB if they cannot contain),


and “SELF-CONTROL in all things” in 1 Cor. 9:25 (KJB temperance),


and “SELF-CONTROL” in Galatians 5:23 (KJB temperance),


and “SELF-CONTROL” in 1 Timothy 2:9 sobriety),


and “SELF-CONTROL” in 1 Timothy 2:15 (KJB sobriety),


and “SELF-CONTROL” in 1 Timothy 3:2 (KJB sober),


and “SELF-CONTROL” in 2 Timothy 3:3 (KJB incontinent),


and “SELF-CONTROLLED” in Titus 2:5 (KJB discreet),


and “SELF-CONTROLLED” in Titus 2:6 ( KJB sober minded),


and “to live SELF-CONTROLLED” in Titus 2:12 (KJB live soberly),


and “be SELF-CONTROLLED” in 1 Peter 4:7 (KJB be sober),


and “SELF-CONTROL” (twice) in 2 Peter 1:6 (KJB temperance).  


Instead of recognizing that these qualities of character are the result of God working in us to conform us to the image of Christ which results in such qualities as “temperance, sobriety, and a sound mind”, it is now the fleshy product of SELF-CONTROL.


The underlying Greek word used here in 2 Timothy 1:7 where we are told that it is God who gives us this “SOUND MIND” is σωφρονισμου = sophronismos. It occurs only one time in the entire New Testament. 


The verb form of this word is found in Mark 5:15 and Luke 8:35 where we are told of the event of the devil possessed man who had a Legion of devils, and wore no clothes, broke the chains and fetters that bound him and lived among the tombs.  


Yet when the Lord Jesus Christ healed him and cast the devils out we read that he was “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and IN HIS RIGHT MIND.”  That is the verbal form of this same word.


Even today in modern Greek, this verb means “to be of a sound mind.” See Divry’s Modern English-Greek and Greek-English Dictionary.


Other Translations


Wycliffe 1395 - soberness


Coverdale 1535 - right understanding


Tyndale 1534, Matthew’s Bible 1549 - soberness of mind


Julia Smith Translation 1855 - soundness of mind


Darby 1890 - wise discretion


Weymouth 1912 - sound judgment


Godbey N.T. - prudence


God’s Word Translation 1995 - good judgment 


God’s First Truth 1999 - soberness of mind 


The Last Days Bible 1999 - mature judgment 


The Christogenea N.T. 2009 - discretion


Concordant Literal Version 2005, Online Interlinear 2010 (André de Mol) - sanity


Jubilee Bible 2010 - temperance 


Conservative Bible 2011 - a logical mind


God has given us A SOUND MIND


Agreeing with the King James Bible - A SOUND MIND - are the following Bible translations - the Bishops’ Bible 1568, the Geneva Bible 1587, The Beza New Testament 1599 - “A SOUND MINDE”, the Bill Bible 1671, Mace N.T. 1729, Whiston’s N.T. 1745, The Clarke N.T. 1795, the Thomson Bible 1808, Webster’s Bible 1833, The Pickering N.T. 1840, the Longman Version 1841, the Hussey N.T. 1845, The Commonly Received Version 1851, The Sawyer N.T. 1858, The Revised N.T. 1862, the Emphatic Diaglott N.T. 1864, The Smith Bible 1876, The Revised English Bible 1877, Young’s 1898, The Clarke N.T. 1913, New Life Version 1969 - “a good mind”, J.B. Phillips N.T. 1972 - “a sound mind”,  NKJV 1982, The Word of Yah 1993, KJV 21st Century Version 1994, The Tomson N.T. 2002, Complete Apostle’s Bible 2003, the Bond Slave Version 2009, Holy Scriptures VW Edition 2010,  the Disciples’ Literal New Testament 2011 - “A SOUND MIND.” and the Natural Israelite Bible 2012 - “and a SOUND MIND.”


God has given us a sound mind whereby we know the Truth of who we are and why we are here. We know there is a God who made us, and who, in spite of our sins and rebellion against Him, has sent His Son to redeem us and forgive our sins.


We know that He is coming back to set up His everlasting kingdom and to judge the wicked.  We are no longer deceived by the foolish theories of Evolution or the vain philosophies of men, or their pagan, devilish inspired religions.  


God has given us a sound mind and we give all the praise to our God "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel."  2 Timothy 1:9-10.

Adam Clarke Commentary on 2 Timothy 1:7 - “Of a sound mind, σωφρονισμου, of self-possession and government, according to some. But A SOUND MIND implies much more; it means a clear understanding, a sound judgment, a rectified will, holy passions, heavenly tempers; in a word, the whole soul harmonized in all its powers and faculties; and completely regulated and influenced so as to think, speak, and act aright in all things.”


John Gill’s Bible Commentary - “and of a sound mind: in the principles and doctrines of the Gospel; and which shows itself in a prudent conduct and behaviour; in sobriety, moderation, temperance, purity, and honesty; all which may be signified by the word here used: and these who have such dispositions and qualities from God, will not easily give way to the enemies of religion, or decline their duty for fear of them.”

Jamieson, Faussett and Brown - “a sound mind — The Greek, is rather, “the bringing of men to a sound mind” [Wahl]. Bengel supports English Version, “a sound mind,” or “sober-mindedness”

 Vincent’s Word Studies - “Not self-control, but the faculty of generating it in others or in one's self, making them σώφρονες of sound mind.”

Matthew Poole’s English Annotations - “And of a sound mind; swfronismou we translate it a sound mind;… and the term sound mind, opposed to a meak and sickly mind, staggering at every danger, may well enough express the apostle’s sense.”

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible - “And of a sound mind - The Greek word denotes one of sober mind; a man of prudence and discretion. The state referred to here is that in which the mind is well balanced, and under right influences; in which it sees things in their just proportions and relations; in which it is not feverish and excited, but when everything is in its proper place.


The King James Bible is always right.


Will Kinney


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