Parallel Verses

Amplified

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

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

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

International Standard Version

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

A Conservative Version

Faithful is the saying, If any man aspires to supervision, he desires a good work.

American Standard Version

Faithful is the saying, If a man seeketh the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

An Understandable Version

This is a trustworthy saying: If any man eagerly desires to be an overseer [i.e., an elder], he desires a noble task.

Anderson New Testament

This is a true saying: If any desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work.

Bible in Basic English

This is a true saying, A man desiring the position of a Bishop has a desire for a good work.

Common New Testament

It is a trustworthy saying: if any one aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

Daniel Mace New Testament

He that aspires to be a bishop, desires an office that is honourable.

Darby Translation

The word is faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work.

Godbey New Testament

It is a faithful saying, If any one desires the episcopacy, he covets a beautiful work.

Goodspeed New Testament

This is a trustworthy saying. Whoever aspires to the office of superintendent sets his heart on a fine work.

John Wesley New Testament

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

Jubilee 2000 Bible

The Word is faithful, If anyone desires the office of a bishop, , he desires a difficult ministry.

Julia Smith Translation

Faithful the word, If any strive for superintendence, he eagerly desires a good work.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

The saying [is] trustworthy: if anyone aspires to supervision, he desires a good work.

Modern King James verseion

Faithful is the Word: If anyone reaches out to overseership, he desires a good work.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

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

Moffatt New Testament

It is a popular saying that "whoever aspires to office is set upon an excellent occupation."

Montgomery New Testament

This is a faithful saying, "If any man is seeking the office of a minister he is aspiring to a noble task."

NET Bible

This saying is trustworthy: "If someone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a good work."

New Heart English Bible

This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work.

Noyes New Testament

True is the saying: If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

Sawyer New Testament

IT is a true saying, If any one desires an episcopate he desires a good work.

The Emphasized Bible

If anyone, for oversight, is eager, a noble work, doth he covet: -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

IT is a true saying, If a man seeks the office of a bishop, he desireth a laudable employment.

Twentieth Century New Testament

How true is that saying! When a man aspires to be a Presiding-Officer in the Church, he is ambitious for a noble task.

Webster

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

Weymouth New Testament

Faithful is the saying, "If any one is eager to have the oversight of a Church, he desires a noble work."

Williams New Testament

This is a saying to be trusted: "Whoever aspires to the office of pastor desires an excellent work."

World English Bible

This is a faithful saying: if a man seeks the office of an overseer, he desires a good work.

Worrell New Testament

Faithful is the saying, "If anyone desires the office of bishop, he covets a noble work."

Worsley New Testament

It is certain, if any one is desirous of the episcopal office, he desireth a good work.

Youngs Literal Translation

Stedfast is the word: If any one the oversight doth long for, a right work he desireth;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage

which, who, the things, the son,
Usage: 0

is a true
πιστός 
Pistos 
Usage: 51

λόγος 
Logos 
word, saying, account, speech, Word , thing, not tr,
Usage: 256

If
εἰ 
Ei 
if, whether, that, not tr,
Usage: 218

a man
τίς 
Tis 
Usage: 373

ὀρέγομαι 
Oregomai 
Usage: 3

the office of a bishop
ἐπισκοπή 
Episkope 
Usage: 3

ἐπιθυμέω 
Epithumeo 
Usage: 10

a good
καλός 
Kalos 
Usage: 62

References

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Context Readings

Qualifications For Overseers

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 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,


Cross References

Acts 20:28

Take care and be on guard for yourselves and the whole flock over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you bishops and guardians, to shepherd (tend and feed and guide) the church of the Lord or of God which He obtained for Himself [buying it and saving it for Himself] with His own blood.

1 Timothy 1:15

The saying is sure and true and worthy of full and universal acceptance, that Christ Jesus (the Messiah) came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.

Philippians 1:1

Paul and Timothy, bond servants of Christ Jesus (the Messiah), to all the saints (God's consecrated people) in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops (overseers) and deacons (assistants):

1 Peter 5:2

Tend (nurture, guard, guide, and fold) the flock of God that is [your responsibility], not by coercion or constraint, but willingly; not dishonorably motivated by the advantages and profits [belonging to the office], but eagerly and cheerfully;

Acts 1:20

For in the book of Psalms it is written, Let his place of residence become deserted and gloomy, and let there be no one to live in it; and [again], Let another take his position or overseership.

Titus 1:7

For the bishop (an overseer) as God's steward must be blameless, not self-willed or arrogant or presumptuous; he must not be quick-tempered or given to drink or pugnacious (brawling, violent); he must not be grasping and greedy for filthy lucre (financial gain);

1 Peter 2:25

For you were going astray like [so many] sheep, but now you have come back to the Shepherd and Guardian ( the Bishop) of your souls.

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men -- "he gathers and receives them for eternity].

Luke 15:10

Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [ especially] wicked person who repents ( changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins).

Romans 11:13

But now I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I lay great stress on my ministry and magnify my office,

Ephesians 4:12

His intention was the perfecting and the full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), [that they should do] the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body (the church),

1 Thessalonians 5:14

And we earnestly beseech you, brethren, admonish (warn and seriously advise) those who are out of line [the loafers, the disorderly, and the unruly]; encourage the timid and fainthearted, help and give your support to the weak souls, [and] be very patient with everybody [always keeping your temper].

1 Timothy 3:2-7

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,

1 Timothy 4:9

This saying is reliable and worthy of complete acceptance by everybody.

2 Timothy 2:11

The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him.

Titus 3:8

This message is most trustworthy, and concerning these things I want you to insist steadfastly, so that those who have believed in (trusted in, relied on) God may be careful to apply themselves to honorable occupations and to doing good, for such things are [not only] excellent and right [in themselves], but [they are] good and profitable for the people.

Hebrews 12:15

Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God's grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it -- "

James 5:19-20

[My] brethren, if anyone among you strays from the Truth and falls into error and another [person] brings him back [to God],

1 Peter 4:15

But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or any sort of criminal, or as a mischief-maker (a meddler) in the affairs of others [infringing on their rights].

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