NASB — 1 Timothy 3 — KJV

Overseers and Deacons

1 aIt is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the boffice of Ioverseer, it is a fine work he desires [to do]. 2 IaAn overseer, then, must be above reproach, bthe husband of one wife, ctemperate, prudent, respectable, dhospitable, eable to teach, 3 anot addicted to wine Ior pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, bfree from the love of money. 4 [He must be] one who amanages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of athe church of God?), 6 [and] not a new convert, so that he will not become aconceited and fall into the bcondemnation Iincurred by the devil. 7 And he must ahave a good reputation with bthose outside [the church], so that he will not fall into reproach and cthe snare of the devil.

[1] IOr bishop a1Ti 1:15 bAc 20:28; Php 1:1
[2] ILit The a1Ti 3:2-4; Tit 1:6-8 bLk 2:36f; 1Ti 5:9; Tit 1:6 c1Ti 3:8, 11; Tit 2:2 dRo 12:13; Tit 1:8; He 13:2; 1P 4:9 e2Ti 2:24
[3] ILit not aTit 1:7 b1Ti 3:8; 6:10; Tit 1:7; He 13:5
[4] a1Ti 3:12
[5] a1Co 10:32; 1Ti 3:15
[6] ILit of the devil a1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 3:4 b1Ti 3:7
[7] a2Co 8:21 bMk 4:11 c1Ti 6:9; 2Ti 2:26

8aDeacons likewise [must be] men of dignity, not Idouble-tongued, IIbor addicted to much wine IIcor fond of sordid gain, 9 a[but] holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 aThese men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 IWomen [must] likewise [be] dignified, anot malicious gossips, but btemperate, faithful in all things. 12 aDeacons must be bhusbands of [only] one wife, [and] Icgood managers of [their] children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons aobtain for themselves a Ihigh standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

[8] IOr given to double-talk IILit not aPhp 1:1; 1Ti 3:12 b1Ti 5:23; Tit 2:3 c1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:7; 1P 5:2
[9] a1Ti 1:5, 19
[10] a1Ti 5:22
[11] II.e. either deacons’ wives or deaconesses a2Ti 3:3; Tit 2:3 b1Ti 3:2
[12] ILit managing well aPhp 1:1; 1Ti 3:8 b1Ti 3:2 c1Ti 3:4
[13] ILit good aMt 25:21

14 ¶ I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but Iin case I am delayed, [I write] so that you will know how IIone ought to conduct himself in athe household of God, which is the bchurch of cthe living God, the dpillar and support of the truth. 16 By common confession, great is athe mystery of godliness:
  He who was brevealed in the flesh,
  Was Icvindicated IIin the Spirit,
  dSeen by angels,
  eProclaimed among the nations,
  fBelieved on in the world,
  gTaken up in glory.

[15] ILit if I delay IIOr you ought to conduct yourself a1Co 3:16; 2Co 6:16; Ep 2:21f; 1P 2:5; 4:17 b1Ti 3:5 cMt 16:16; 1Ti 4:10 dGa 2:9; 2Ti 2:19
[16] IOr justified IIOr by aRo 16:25 bJn 1:14; 1P 1:20; 1 Jn 3:5, 8 cRo 3:4 dLk 2:13; 24:4; 1P 1:12 eRo 16:26; 2Co 1:19; Col 1:23 f2Th 1:10 gMk 16:19; Ac 1:9


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1 ¶ This [is] a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

[1] Pv 11:30; Lk 15:10; Ac 1:20; 20:28; Ro 11:13; Ep 4:12; Php 1:1; 1Th 5:14; 1Ti 1:15; 3:2; 4:9; 2Ti 2:11; Tit 1:7; 3:8; He 12:15; Jm 5:19; 1P 2:25; 4:15; 5:2.

How bishops, and deacons, and their wives, should be qualified:

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 8 Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being [found] blameless. 11 Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

[2] Is 56:10; Lk 1:6; Ro 12:13; Php 2:15; 1Ti 3:10; 4:3; 5:9; 2Ti 2:24; Tit 1:6, 8; He 3:14; 13:2; 1P 4:7, 9; 5:8.
[3] Lv 10:9; 1S 2:15; 8:3; 2K 5:20; Pv 1:19; 15:27; Ec 7:8; Is 5:11; 28:1, 7; 56:11, 12; Jr 6:13; 8:10; Ezk 44:21; Mi 2:11; 3:5, 11; Mal 1:10; Mt 21:13; 24:45; Lk 12:42; 21:34; Jn 10:12; 12:5; Ac 8:18; 20:33; Ro 16:18; Ep 5:18; 1Th 5:14; 1Ti 3:8; 6:11; 2Ti 2:24; Tit 1:7, 11; 2:3; 3:2; Jm 4:1; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3, 14; Jde 1:11; Rv 1:9; 18:11.
[4] Gn 18:19; Jsh 24:15; Ps 101:2; Ac 10:2; Php 4:8; 1Ti 3:12; Tit 1:6; 2:2, 7.
[5] 1S 2:29; 3:13; Ac 20:28; Ep 1:22; 5:24, 32; 1Ti 3:15.
[6] Dt 8:14; 17:20; 2K 14:10; 2Ch 26:16; 32:25; Pv 16:18; 18:12; 29:23; Is 2:12; 14:12; Lk 10:18; 1Co 3:1; 4:6; 8:1; 2Co 12:7; He 5:12; 1P 2:2; 5:5; 2P 2:4; Jde 1:6.
[7] 1S 2:24; Ac 6:3; 10:22; 22:12; 1Co 5:12; 10:32; 2Co 6:3; 8:21; Col 4:5; 1Th 4:12; 5:22; 1Ti 5:14, 24; 6:9; 2Ti 2:26; Tit 2:5, 8; 1P 4:14; 3Jn 1:12.
[8] Lv 10:9; Ps 5:9; 12:2; 50:19; 52:2; Ezk 44:21; Ac 6:3; Ro 3:13; Php 1:1; 1Ti 3:3, 4; Jm 3:10.
[9] 1Ti 1:5, 19; 3:16; 2Jn 1:9.
[10] Ac 6:1; 1Co 1:8; Col 1:22; 1Ti 3:2, 6, 13; 5:22; Tit 1:6; 1Jn 4:1.
[11] Lv 21:7, 13; Ps 15:3; 50:20; 101:5; Pv 10:18; 25:13; Jr 9:4; Ezk 44:22; Mt 4:1; Lk 1:5; Jn 6:70; 1Th 5:6; 1Ti 1:12; 3:2, 4; 6:2; 2Ti 3:3; 4:5; Tit 2:3; 3:2; 1P 5:8; Rv 12:9.
[12] 1Ti 3:2, 4.
[13] Mt 20:28; 25:21; Lk 16:10; 19:17; Ac 6:5, 8, 15; 7:1; 21:35; Ro 12:7; 1Co 16:15; Php 1:14; 1Th 2:2; 2Ti 2:1; He 6:10; 1P 4:10.

and to what end Paul wrote to Timothy of these things.

14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

[14] 1Co 11:34; 16:5; 2Co 1:15; 1Th 2:18; 1Ti 4:13; Phm 1:22; He 13:23; 2Jn 1:12; 3Jn 1:14.

Of the Church, and the blessed truth therein taught and professed.

15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

[15] Dt 5:26; 31:23; Jsh 3:10; 1S 17:26, 36; 1K 2:2, 4; 2K 19:4; 1Ch 22:13; 28:9; Ps 42:2; 84:2; Jr 1:18; 10:10; 23:36; Dn 6:26; Ho 1:10; Mt 16:16, 18; 18:18; Jn 1:17; 6:69; 14:6; 18:37; Ac 1:2; 14:15; Ro 3:2; 9:26; 2Co 3:3; 6:7, 16; Ga 2:9; 3:1; Ep 2:21; 4:21; Col 1:5; 1Th 1:9; 1Ti 3:2, 5, 16; 4:10; 6:16; 2Ti 2:20; He 3:2, 12; 9:14; 12:22; 1P 2:5; Rv 7:2.
[16] Ps 68:17; Is 7:14; 9:6; 50:5; Jr 23:5; Mi 5:2; Mt 1:23; 3:16; 4:11; 13:11; 28:2; Mk 1:13; 16:5, 19; Lk 2:10, 32; 22:43; 24:4, 51; Jn 1:1, 14, 32; 6:62; 13:3; 15:26; 16:8, 28; 17:5; 20:12; Ac 1:1, 10, 19; 2:32; 10:34; 13:46; 14:27; 20:28; Ro 1:3; 8:3; 9:5; 10:12, 18; 16:25; 1Co 2:7; 15:47; Ga 2:8; 4:4; Ep 1:9; 3:3, 5, 10; 4:8; 6:19; Php 2:6; Col 1:6, 16, 23, 27; 2:2; 2Th 2:7; 1Ti 3:9; He 1:3; 2:9; 7:7; 8:1; 12:2; 1P 1:12; 3:18, 22; 1Jn 1:2; 3:5; 5:6; Rv 1:17; 7:9; 17:5, 7.


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