1 The word [is] faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work.
2 The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach;

References for 1 Timothy 3:2

    • a 3:2 - i.e. 'of sound mind,' as ch. 2.9.
      3 not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money,
      4 conducting his own house well, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;
      5 (but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?)
      6 not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil.

      References for 1 Timothy 3:6

        • b 3:6 - Krima is the subject-matter of which a person had to be accused. They set up the krima of the Lord on the cross; that for which he came into accusation -- the charge. So it is used here. The devil was puffed up with his own excellency, and abode not in the truth. Hence, in a strongly taken sense, our word 'crime.' See also Note on 1Cor. 11.29.
          7 But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.
          8 Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means,
          9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
          10 And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge [against them].
          11 [The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
          12 Let [the] ministers be husbands of one wife, conducting [their] children and their own houses well:

          References for 1 Timothy 3:12

            • c 3:12 - Diakonos, 'servants' or 'deacons:' see Rom. 16.1 and 1Cor. 4.1.
              13 for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.

              References for 1 Timothy 3:13

                • d 3:13 - Diakoneo, to serve, as servants or deacons.
                  14 These things I write to thee, hoping to come to thee more quickly;

                  References for 1 Timothy 3:14

                    • e 3:14 - More quickly than the writing of the letter supposed; but in case he delayed he wrote. The verse refers to his fears of being delayed.
                      15 but if I delay, in order that thou mayest know how one ought to conduct oneself in God's house, which is [the] assembly of [the] living God, [the] pillar and base of the truth.
                      16 And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in [the] Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among [the] nations, has been believed on in [the] world, has been received up in glory.

                      References for 1 Timothy 3:16

                        • f 3:16 - Or 'has been seen of.'
                        • g 3:16 - I do not enter on the criticism of this text. It very likely should read 'He who has,' &c.