Parallel Verses

Youngs Literal Translation

it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach,

New American Standard Bible

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

King James Version

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

Holman Bible

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

International Standard Version

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

A Conservative Version

The overseer therefore must be blameless, the husband of one wife, without wine, serious minded, disciplined, loving strangers, able to teach,

American Standard Version

The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Amplified

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,

An Understandable Version

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of [only] one wife, sober-minded [Note: When this word, used here figuratively, is used in its literal sense, it means to abstain from intoxicating drinks], sensible, respectable, hospitable, capable of teaching.

Anderson New Testament

A bishop, then, must be blame less, the husband of one wife, watchful, soberminded, modest, hospitable, able to teach,

Bible in Basic English

The Bishop, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his house freely to guests, a ready teacher;

Common New Testament

Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Daniel Mace New Testament

a bishop therefore ought to be of an unspotted character, to have but one wife, to be sober, prudent, grave, hospitable, and qualified for teaching:

Darby Translation

The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach;

Godbey New Testament

Therefore it behooves the bishop to be blameless, the husband of one wife, modest, prudent, orderly, hospitable, competent to teach,

Goodspeed New Testament

A superintendent must be a man above reproach, only once married, temperate, sensible, a man of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach;

John Wesley New Testament

A bishop therefore must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, prudent, of good behaviour, hospitable, apt to teach;

Jubilee 2000 Bible

It is expedient, therefore, that the bishop be blameless, the husband of only one wife, vigilant, temperate, of worldly affections mortified, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Julia Smith Translation

Therefore an overseer must be irreprehensible, husband of one wife, sober, of sound mind, well arranged, hospitable, giving instruction;

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

Therefore the overseer must be irreproachable, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching,

Modern King James verseion

Then it behooves the overseer to be without reproach, husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, well-ordered, hospitable, apt at teaching,

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Yea, and a bishop must be faultless, the husband of one wife, sober, discreet, honestly appareled, harborous, apt to teach,

Moffatt New Testament

Well, for the office of a bishop a man must be above reproach; he must be only married once, he must be temperate, master of himself, unruffled, hospitable, a skilled teacher,

Montgomery New Testament

The minister should be a man of blameless character; he should be husband of but one wife; he should live a sober, self-restrained, orderly life; he should be hospitable, skilled in teaching;

NET Bible

The overseer then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,

New Heart English Bible

The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;

Noyes New Testament

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, discreet, orderly, hospitable, apt in teaching;

Sawyer New Testament

It is necessary therefore that a bishop should be blameless, a husband of one wife, circumspect, sober, well-behaved, hospitable, apt to teach,

The Emphasized Bible

It is needful, then, for, the overseer, to be irreproachable, a husband, of one wife, sober, of sound mind, orderly, hospitable, apt in teaching,

Thomas Haweis New Testament

A bishop then must be irreprehensible, the husband of one wife, temperate, sagacious, respectable, hospitable, well qualified for teaching;

Twentieth Century New Testament

The Presiding-Officer should be a man of blameless character; a faithful husband; living a temperate, discreet, and well-ordered life; hospitable, and a skillful teacher,

Webster

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

Weymouth New Testament

A minister then must be a man of irreproachable character, true to his one wife, temperate, sober-minded, well-behaved, hospitable to strangers, and with a gift for teaching;

Williams New Testament

So the pastor must be a man above reproach, must have only one wife, must be temperate, sensible, well-behaved, hospitable, skillful in teaching;

World English Bible

The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;

Worrell New Testament

It is needful, therefore, that the bishop be irreproachable, a husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, hospitable, apt to teach,

Worsley New Testament

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, sober, prudent, grave,

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
A bishop
ἐπίσκοπος 
Episkopos 
Usage: 5

οὖν 
Oun 
therefore, then, so, and, now, wherefore, but, not tr,
Usage: 417

δεῖ 
Dei 
Usage: 72

be
εἶναι 
Einai 
to be, be, was, is, am, are, were, not tr,
Usage: 97

ἀνεπίληπτος 
Anepileptos 
Usage: 3

the husband
ἀνήρ 
Aner 
man, husband, sir, fellow, not tr
Usage: 198

of one
εἷς 
heis 
one, a, other, some, not tr,
Usage: 188

γυνή 
Gune 
Usage: 187

νηφάλεος νηφάλιος 
Nephaleos 
Usage: 3

σώφρων 
Sophron 
Usage: 4

κόσμιος 
Kosmios 
Usage: 2

φιλόξενος 
Philoxenos 
Usage: 3

Images 1 Timothy 3:2

Prayers for 1 Timothy 3:2

Context Readings

Qualifications For Overseers

1 Stedfast is the word: If any one the oversight doth long for, a right work he desireth; 2 it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach, 3 not given to wine, not a striker, not given to filthy lucre, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money,


Cross References

1 Timothy 5:9

A widow -- let her not be enrolled under sixty years of age, having been a wife of one husband,

2 Timothy 2:24

and a servant of the Lord it behoveth not to strive, but to be gentle unto all, apt to teach, patient under evil,

Romans 12:13

to the necessities of the saints communicating; the hospitality pursuing.

1 Peter 4:9

hospitable to one another, without murmuring;

Titus 1:6-9

if any one is blameless, of one wife a husband, having children stedfast, not under accusation of riotous living or insubordinate --

Hebrews 13:2

of the hospitality be not forgetful, for through this unawares certain did entertain messengers;

Isaiah 56:10

Blind are his watchmen -- all of them, They have not known, All of them are dumb dogs, they are not able to bark, Dozing, lying down, loving to slumber.

Luke 1:6

and they were both righteous before God, going on in all the commands and righteousnesses of the Lord blameless,

Philippians 2:15

that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God, unblemished in the midst of a generation crooked and perverse, among whom ye do appear as luminaries in the world,

1 Timothy 3:10-11

and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable.

1 Timothy 4:3

forbidding to marry -- to abstain from meats that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those believing and acknowledging the truth,

Titus 2:2

aged men to be temperate, grave, sober, sound in the faith, in the love, in the endurance;

Hebrews 3:14

for partakers we have become of the Christ, if the beginning of the confidence unto the end we may hold fast,

1 Peter 4:7

And of all things the end hath come nigh; be sober-minded, then, and watch unto the prayers,

1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, vigilant, because your opponent the devil, as a roaring lion, doth walk about, seeking whom he may swallow up,

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