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1 Timothy 3 (WEBP)

[1] This is a faithful saying: someone who seeks to be an overseer§ desires a good work.
[2] The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;
[3] not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
[4] one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;
[5] (for how could someone who doesn’t know how to rule his own house take care of God’s assembly?)
[6] not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
[7] Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
[8] Servants,§ in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money,
[9] holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
[10] Let them also first be tested; then let them serve§ if they are blameless.
[11] Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things.
[12] Let servants§ be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
[13] For those who have served well§ gain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
[14] These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly,
[15] but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God’s house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
[16] Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God° was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.

1 Timothy 3:1 or, superintendent, or bishop
1 Timothy 3:8 or, Deacons.
1 Timothy 3:10 or, serve as deacons
1 Timothy 3:12 or, deacons
1 Timothy 3:13 or, served well as deacons
1 Timothy 3:16 NU replaces “God” with “who”

Scripture quotations are taken from The World English Bible™ of eBible.org, 2020 stable text edition. It is in the public domain.

King James w/Strong’s #s

1 Timothy 3 (KJVS)

[1] This [is] a true G4103 saying G3056, If a man G1536 desire G3713 (PresMidInd) the office of a bishop G1984, he desireth G1937 (PresActInd) a good G2570 work G2041.
[2] A bishop G1985 then G3767 must G1163 (PresInd) be G1511 (PresInf) blameless G423, the husband G435 of one G3391 wife G1135, vigilant G3524, sober G4998, of good behaviour G2887, given to hospitality G5382, apt to teach G1317;
[3] Not G3361 given to wine G3943, no G3361 striker G4131, not G3361 greedy of filthy lucre G146; but G235 patient G1933, not a brawler G269, not covetous G866;
[4] One that ruleth G4291 (PresMidPtc) well G2573 his own G2398 house G3624, having G2192 (PresActPtc) his children G5043 in G1722 subjection G5292 with G3326 all G3956 gravity G4587;
[5] (For G1161 if a man G1536 know G1492 not G3756 how G1492 (PerfActInd) to rule G4291 (Aor2ActInf) his own G2398 house G3624, how G4459 shall he take care of G1959 (FutMidDepInd) the church G1577 of God G2316?)
[6] Not G3361 a novice G3504, lest G3363 being lifted up with pride G5187 (AorPasPtc) he fall G1706 (Aor2ActSubj) into G1519 the condemnation G2917 of the devil G1228.
[7] Moreover G1161 G2532 he G846 must G1163 (PresInd) have G2192 (PresActInf) a good G2570 report G3141 of G575 them which are without G1855; lest G3363 he fall G1706 (Aor2ActSubj) into G1519 reproach G3680 and G2532 the snare G3803 of the devil G1228.
[8] Likewise G5615 [must] the deacons G1249 [be] grave G4586, not G3361 doubletongued G1351, not G3361 given G4337 (PresActPtc) to much G4183 wine G3631, not G3361 greedy of filthy lucre G146;
[9] Holding G2192 (PresActPtc) the mystery G3466 of the faith G4102 in G1722 a pure G2513 conscience G4893.
[10] And G1161 let G1381 these G3778 also G2532 first G4412 be proved G1381 (PresPasImpr); then G1534 let them use the office of a deacon G1247 (PresActImpr), being G5607 (PresPtc) [found] blameless G410.
[11] Even so G5615 [must their] wives G1135 [be] grave G4586, not G3361 slanderers G1228, sober G3524, faithful G4103 in G1722 all things G3956.
[12] Let G2077 the deacons G1249 be G2077 (PresImpr) the husbands G435 of one G3391 wife G1135, ruling G4291 (PresMidPtc) their children G5043 and G2532 their own G2398 houses G3624 well G2573.
[13] For G1063 they that have used the office of a deacon G1247 (AorActPtc) well G2573 purchase G4046 (PresMidInd) to themselves G1438 a good G2570 degree G898, and G2532 great G4183 boldness G3954 in G1722 the faith G4102 which G3588 is in G1722 Christ G5547 Jesus G2424.
[14] These things G5023 write I G1125 (PresActInd) unto thee G4671, hoping G1679 (PresActPtc) to come G2064 (Aor2ActInf) unto G4314 thee G4571 shortly G5032:
[15] But G1161 if G1437 I tarry long G1019 (PresActSubj), that G2443 thou mayest know G1492 (PerfActSubj) how G4459 thou oughtest G1163 (PresInd) to behave thyself G390 (PresPasInf) in G1722 the house G3624 of God G2316, which G3748 is G2076 (PresInd) the church G1577 of the living G2198 (PresActPtc) God G2316, the pillar G4769 and G2532 ground G1477 of the truth G225.
[16] And G2532 without controversy G3672 great G3173 is G2076 (PresInd) the mystery G3466 of godliness G2150: God G2316 was manifest G5319 (AorPasInd) in G1722 the flesh G4561, justified G1344 (AorPasInd) in G1722 the Spirit G4151, seen G3700 (AorPasInd) of angels G32, preached G2784 (AorPasInd) unto G1722 the Gentiles G1484, believed on G4100 (AorPasInd) in G1722 the world G2889, received up G353 (AorPasInd) into G1722 glory G1391.

Young’s Literal Translation

1 Timothy 3 (YLT)

[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,
[4] his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity,
[5] (and if any one his own house how to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)
[6] not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;
[7] and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
[8] Ministrants-in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,
[9] having the secret of the faith in a pure conscience,
[10] and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable.
[11] Women-in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.
[12] Ministrants-let them be of one wife husbands; the children leading well, and their own houses,
[13] for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that is in Christ Jesus.
[14] These things I write to thee, hoping to come unto thee soon,
[15] and if I delay, that thou mayest know how it behoveth thee to conduct thyself in the house of God, which is an assembly of the living God-a pillar and foundation of the truth,
[16] and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety-God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!