Question on NIV of 1 Tim. 6:12

From: Robert W Meyers (
Date: Tue Aug 31 1999 - 07:30:25 EDT

The NIV reads

     Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life
     to which you were called when you made your good confession in
     the presence of many witnesses (Gr. marturon---same meaning here
     as in Heb. 12:1[?]). (1 Timothy 6:12 NIV)

As far as I can see, the "when" is an unwarranted insertion by the
NIV, completely changing the meaning of the whole verse, and
turning it into a fascinating question: "Who, then, are the
'many witnesses?'

Is there any justification in the Greek or from some texts for the


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