1 Timothy 3:15

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if I tary long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behaue thy selfe in the House of God, which is the Church of the liuing God, the pillar and ground of the trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but in case I am delayed, {I write} so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if I am long in coming, this will make clear to you what behaviour is right for men in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of what is true.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

But, for fear I may be hindered, I now write, so that you may have rules to guide you in dealing with God's household. For this is what the Church of the ever-living God is, and it is the pillar and foundation-stone of the truth.
- Weymouth Bible

but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
- World English Bible

but if Y tarie, that thou wite, hou it bihoueth thee to lyue in the hous of God, that is the chirche of lyuynge God, a pilere and sadnesse of treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

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,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:15


3:15 That thou mayest know how to behave - This is the scope of the epistle. In the house of God - Who is the master of the family. Which is - As if he had said, By the house of God, I mean the church.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:15


1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry. In that case he wrote that Timothy might understand how to act. How thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God. Conduct thyself in the management of the church. Which is the church of the living God. The house of God is not the temple of Diana, which stood there at Ephesus. The pillar and ground of the truth. The church is the pillar and support of the truth because it preaches it to the world, preserves it, and transmits it from generation to generation.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3

  • Adelaja
    Is it a sin to marry more than one wife?.Because what I could understand with chapter is that, there are people with more than one wife in the early church .that is why he say all these words about deacon and pastor's.
  • Lopez garvin
    There is no other apostle that can write so eloquently about this subject like the apostle paul. Paul clearly states the qualifications for any church leader. Contrary to many beliefs about bishop the term basically means overseer in the greek.
  • Jackie
    Catholic priests and bishops do not marry. In Orthodox Christianity for most part one cannot be a priest, unless one is married. On the other hand, their bishops do not marry. Where can one learn more on the issue of priests bishops being married or not, when was it in place, when did it cease to be in place, and all? I mean hear in the original Christian religion, namely Orthodox Christianity and its offshoot, Catholicism.
  • T. Lee
    Should be read by those who are responsible for the ordaining of pastors and preachers and those who have just been delivered from the throes of drug and or drinking and or sex addiction by grace Some of these immediately want to become preachers pastors - so that they don't fall into the snares of Satan and lead other people into disaster , as is described a few sentences later in 1 Timothy.
  • God is in Christ reconciling the world to himself
  • God manifest in the flesh. 1 timothy 3:16

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