1 Timothy 3



Qualifications For Overseers

1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.

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

1 This saying is trustworthy: "If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work."

1 This is a trustworthy saying: The one who would an elder be, a noble task desires he.

1 The saying is true and irrefutable: If any man [eagerly] seeks the office of bishop (superintendent, overseer), he desires an excellent task (work).

2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

2 An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,

2 Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, hospitable to strangers, and teachable.

2 Now a bishop (superintendent, overseer) must give no grounds for accusation but must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, circumspect and temperate and self-controlled; [he must be] sensible and well behaved and dignified and lead an orderly (disciplined) life; [he must be] hospitable [showing love for and being a friend to the believers, especially strangers or foreigners, and be] a capable and qualified teacher,

3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy-

3 He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but instead be gentle. He must not be argumentative or love money.

3 Not given to wine, not combative but gentle and considerate, not quarrelsome but forbearing and peaceable, and not a lover of money [insatiable for wealth and ready to obtain it by questionable means].

4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.

4 He must manage his own family well and have children who are submissive and respectful in every way.

4 He must rule his own household well, keeping his children under control, with true dignity, commanding their respect in every way and keeping them respectful.

5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God's church?)

5 For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?

5 For if a man does not know how to rule his own household, how is he to take care of the church of God?

6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.

6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.

6 He must not be a recent convert, so that he won't become arrogant and fall into the Devil's condemnation.

6 He must not be a new convert, or he may [develop a beclouded and stupid state of mind] as the result of pride [be blinded by conceit, and] fall into the condemnation that the devil [once] did.

7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare 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.

7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil's trap.

7 He must be well thought of by outsiders, so he doesn't fall into disgrace and the trap set for him by the Devil.

7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside [the church], lest he become involved in slander and incur reproach and fall into the devil's trap.

Qualifications For Deacons

8 Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

8 Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money,

8 Ministers, too, must be serious. They must not be two-faced, addicted to wine, or greedy for money.

8 In like manner the deacons [must be] worthy of respect, not shifty and double-talkers but sincere in what they say, not given to much wine, not greedy for base gain [craving wealth and resorting to ignoble and dishonest methods of getting it].

9 but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

9 holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

9 They must hold firmly to the secret of the faith with clear consciences.

9 They must possess the mystic secret of the faith [Christian truth as hidden from ungodly men] with a clear conscience.

10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.

10 But they must first be tested. Then, if they prove to be blameless, they may become ministers.

10 And let them also be tried and investigated and proved first; then, if they turn out to be above reproach, let them serve [as deacons].

11 Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

11 Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.

11 Their wives must also be serious. They must not be gossips, but instead be stable and trustworthy in everything.

11 [The] women likewise must be worthy of respect and serious, not gossipers, but temperate and self-controlled, [thoroughly] trustworthy in all things.

12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

12 Ministers must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.

12 Let deacons be the husbands of but one wife, and let them manage [their] children and their own households well.

13 For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

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.

13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

13 Those ministers who serve well gain an excellent reputation for themselves and will have great assurance by their faith in the Messiah Jesus.

13 For those who perform well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves and also gain much confidence and freedom and boldness in the faith which is [founded on and centers] in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery Of Godliness Described

14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long;

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

14 I write these things to you, hoping to come to you soon.

14 I hope to come to you soon. However, I'm writing this to you

14 Although I hope to come to you before long, I am writing these instructions to you so that,

15 but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.

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.

15 But if I should be delayed, [I have written] so that you will know how people ought to act in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

15 in case I am delayed, so that you may know how to behave in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

15 If I am detained, you may know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and stay (the prop and support) of the Truth.

16 By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.

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.

16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

16 By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit's might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!

16 And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [ God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.



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