1 Timothy 3:10

10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

Read 1 Timothy 3:10 Using Other Translations

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

What does 1 Timothy 3:10 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Timothy 3:10

And let these also first be proved
Not that they should be tried in any part of the deacon's office, to see how capable they are of performing it; but their internal and external characters are to be looked into and examined, and if they appear, to be right, then they are to be approved of, chosen and called unto, and invested with the office:

then let them use the office of a deacon;
let them be employed and minister in the several parts and branches of that office:

being found blameless;
not without sin, but free from any gross and enormous one; not before God, but in the sight of men; (See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:2).

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