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1 Timothy 3

 

 

Introduction
1How bishops and deacons, and their wives should be qualified;
14and to what end Saint Paul wrote to Timothy of these things.
15Of the church, and the blessed truth therein taught and professed.

Verse 1
This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
is a
1:15; 4:9; 2 Timothy 2:11; Titus 3:8
the office
2-7; Acts 1:20; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 2:25
bishop
Acts 20:28; Hebrews 12:15; 1 Peter 4:15; 5:2; *Gr:
desireth
Proverbs 11:30; Luke 15:10; Romans 11:13; Ephesians 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; James 5:19,20

Verse 2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
bishop
Titus 1:6-9
blameless
10; Luke 1:6; Philippians 2:15
the husband
4:3; 5:9; Hebrews 3:14
vigilant
Isaiah 56:10; 1 Peter 4:7; 5:8
of good behaviour
or, modest. given.
Romans 12:13; Titus 1:8; Hebrews 13:2; 1 Peter 4:9
apt
2 Timothy 2:24

Verse 3
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
Not given to wine
or, Not ready to quarrel, and offer wrong, as one in wine.
8; Leviticus 10:9; Isaiah 5:11,12; 28:1,7; 56:12; Ezekiel 44:21; Micah 2:11; Matthew 24:45-51; Luke 12:42-46; 21:34-36; Ephesians 5:18; Titus 1:7; 2:3
no
2 Timothy 2:24,25; Titus 1:7
not greedy
Proverbs 1:19; 15:27; Isaiah 56:11; Jude 1:11
filthy
8; 1 Samuel 8:3; Titus 1:7,11; 1 Peter 5:2
patient
6:11; Ecclesiastes 7:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; 2 Timothy 2:24; Revelation 1:9
a brawler
Titus 3:2; James 4:1; *marg:
not covetous
1 Samuel 2:15-17; 2 Kings 5:20-27; Jeremiah 6:13; 8:10; Micah 3:5,11; Malachi 1:10; Matthew 21:13; John 10:12,13; 12:5,6; Acts 8:18-21; 20:33; Romans 16:18; 2 Peter 2:3,14,15; Revelation 18:11-13

Verse 4
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
ruleth
12; Genesis 18:19; Joshua 24:15; Psalms 101:2-8; Acts 10:2; Titus 1:6
with
Philippians 4:8; *Gr:; Titus 2:2,7

Verse 5
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
if
1 Samuel 2:29,30; 3:13
the church
15; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 1:22; 5:24,32

Verse 6
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
novice
or, one newly come to the faith.
1 Corinthians 3:1; Hebrews 5:12,13; 1 Peter 2:2
lest
Deuteronomy 8:14; 17:20; 2 Kings 14:10; 2 Chronicles 26:16; 32:25; Proverbs 16:18,19; 18:12; Proverbs 29:23; Isaiah 2:12; 1 Corinthians 4:6-8; 8:1; 2 Corinthians 12:7; 1 Peter 5:5
the condemnation
Isaiah 14:12-14; Luke 10:18; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6

Verse 7
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
a good
5:24,25; 1 Samuel 2:24; Acts 6:3; 10:22; 22:12; 3 John 1:12
them
1 Corinthians 5:12; Colossians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:12
lest
5:14; 1 Corinthians 10:32; 2 Corinthians 6:3; 8:21; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; Titus 2:5,8; 1 Peter 4:14-16
the snare
6:9; 2 Timothy 2:26

Verse 8
Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
the deacons
Acts 6:3-6; Philippians 1:1
be
double-tongued
Psalms 5:9; 12:2; 50:19; 52:2; Romans 3:13; James 3:10
not given
3; Leviticus 10:9; Ezekiel 44:21

Verse 9
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
Holding
1:5,19
the mystery
16; 2 John 1:9,10

Verse 10
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
let these
6; 5:22; 1 John 4:1
use
13; Acts 6:1,2
being
2; 1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22; Titus 1:6,7

Verse 11
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
their
Leviticus 21:7,13-15; Ezekiel 44:22; Luke 1:5-6; Titus 2:3
be
not
Psalms 15:3; 50:20; 101:5; Proverbs 10:18; 25:13; Jeremiah 9:4; Matthew 4:1; John 6:70; 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3; *Gr:; Revelation 12:9,10
sober
2; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8; 2 Timothy 4:5; Titus 3:2; *Gr:; 1 Peter 5:8
faithful
1:12; 6:2

Verse 12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
2,4,5

Verse 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.
they
Matthew 25:21; Luke 16:10-12; 19:17
used
or, ministered.
Matthew 20:28; Romans 12:7,8; 1 Corinthians 16:15; Hebrews 6:10; 1 Peter 4:10,11
degree
Acts 21:35; *Gr:
great
Acts 6:5,8,15; 7:1-53; Philippians 1:14; 1 Thessalonians 2:2; 2 Timothy 2:1

Verse 14
These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
hoping
4:13; 1 Corinthians 11:34; 16:5-7; 2 Corinthians 1:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; Philemon 1:22; Hebrews 13:23; 2 John 1:12; 3 John 1:14

Verse 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.
know
2; Deuteronomy 31:23; 1 Kings 2:2,4; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 28:9-21; Acts 1:2
the house
Ephesians 2:21,22; 2 Timothy 2:20; Hebrews 3:2-6; 1 Peter 2:5
the church
the living
4:10; 6:16; Deuteronomy 5:26; Joshua 3:10; 1 Samuel 17:26,36; 2 Kings 19:4; Psalms 42:2; 84:2; Jeremiah 10:10; 23:36; Daniel 6:26; Hosea 1:10; Matthew 16:16; John 6:69; Acts 14:15; Romans 9:26; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Hebrews 3:12; 9:14; 12:22; Revelation 7:2
the pillar
Jeremiah 1:18; Matthew 16:18,19; 18:18; Romans 3:2; Galatians 2:9
ground
or, stay. the truth.
16; John 1:17; 14:6; 18:37; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Galatians 3:1; Ephesians 4:21; Colossians 1:5

Verse 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.
without
Hebrews 7:7
the mystery
9; Matthew 13:11; Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9; 6:19; Colossians 2:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Revelation 17:5,7
God
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Jeremiah 23:5,6; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1,2,14; Acts 20:28; Romans 8:3; 9:5; 1 Corinthians 15:47; Galatians 4:4; Philippians 2:6-8; Colossians 1:16-18; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 2:9-13; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:17,18
manifest
Gr. manifested.
1 John 3:5
justified
Isaiah 50:5-7; Matthew 3:16; John 1:32,33; 15:26; 16:8,9; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 1:3,4; 1 Peter 3:18; 1 John 5:6-8
seen
Psalms 68:17,18; Matthew 4:11; 28:2; Mark 1:13; 16:5; Luke 2:10-14; 22:43; 24:4; John 20:12; Acts 1:10,11; Ephesians 3:10; 1 Peter 1:12
preached
Luke 2:32; Acts 10:34; 13:46-48; Romans 10:12,18; Galatians 2:8; Ephesians 3:5-8; Colossians 1:27
believed
Acts 14:27; Colossians 1:6,23; Revelation 7:9
received
Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; John 6:62; 13:3; 16:28; 17:5; Acts 1:1-9,19; Ephesians 4:8-10; Hebrews 1:3; 8:1; 12:2; 1 Peter 3:22

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://odl.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-timothy-3.html.

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