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

  • Wayne
    Jackie, 1 Timothy 4:1-6. Paul writes the answers.
  • BSP
    The opening verses outline the qualities that men of oversight in the congregation should have.
  • Jimmybrubaker
    Could anyone explain the difference in verse 8 of chapter 3 and verse 11 in regards to wine for both bishops and deacons I think I understand a bishop should not drink wine and a deacon can as long as they remain clear minded. Please enlighten me on this subject. Don't get me wrong I am not looking for an excuse to drink wine as I don't. This is a subject of much controversy. Thank you in advance
  • Marshal
    Verse 16 Amazing! The entire Gospel in one verse. The beauty in the simplicity of God's Truth as He reveals to us His infinite mind and Person.
  • HARSTIN EZE
    The Bible standard is the same everywhere, for whosoever, no matter the position and title, and it is unequivocally clear in scriptures that in heaven there is no title nor is there anything like bishop, priest because it is the same (common)salvation: repentance from sin and faith towards God that allow one to get into that Holy city, New Jerusalem.
  • Bj
    After studying 1 Timothy 3. I am still left without a conclusion about whether a man who is divorced and remarries should be elected a deacon in a Baptist church





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