1 Timothy 3:2

“A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

A Bishop then must be blamelesse, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behauiour, giuen to hospitalitie, apt to teach;
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
- American Standard Version (1901)

The Bishop, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his house freely to guests, a ready teacher;
- Basic English Bible

The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach;
- Darby Bible

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
- Webster's Bible

A minister then must be a man of irreproachable character, true to his one wife, temperate, sober-minded, well-behaved, hospitable to strangers, and with a gift for teaching;
- Weymouth Bible

The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;
- World English Bible

Therfor it bihoueth a byschop to be with out repreef, the hosebonde of o wijf, sobre, prudent, chast, vertewous, holdinge hospitalite, a techere;
- Wycliffe Bible

it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:2

3:2 Therefore - That he may be capable of it. A bishop - Or pastor of a congregation. Must be blameless - Without fault or just suspicion. The husband of one wife - This neither means that a bishop must be married, nor that he may not marry a second wife; which it is just as lawful for him to do as to marry a first, and may in some cases be his bounden duty. But whereas polygamy and divorce on slight occasions were common both among the Jews and heathens, it teaches us that ministers, of all others, ought to stand clear of those sins. Vigilant, prudent - Lively and zealous, yet calm and wise. Of good behaviour - Naturally flowing from that vigilance and prudence.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:2

1Ti 3:2 A bishop then must be . . . . None must be appointed because they desire the place. None are eligible unless they fill the following qualifications. Blameless. Not under charges; of good repute. The husband of one wife. A married man, and having only one wife. In those loose times of divorce, men might be converted who had successively several wives. Divorce for unscriptural reasons would not free a man from his first, lawful wife. Hence the limitation to those who had only one living wife. I do not think there is any reference to re-marriage after the death of a wife. Sober minded. Sedate. Given to hospitality. Often saints by persecution were made homeless. The bishops must set the example of receiving such. Apt to teach. Men who have the knowledge and discretion which fit them to teach the flock.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3

  • 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
  • Ephesians 4:4-6
    Re Matt.28:19: "Father" is a TITLE, "Son" is a TITLE, and "Holy Ghost" is a TITLE! "The Name" Jesus is referring to is JESUS. Peter fulfilled Matt. 28:19 in Acts 2, when he admonished the crowd to "repent and be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus for the remission of sins, and... receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."! There are of Scriptures backing this up. James wrote that if you believe in ONE God, you do well. The devils also believe and tremble."
  • Robert L
    Verse 16. The Bible says that "God was manifest in the flesh" and that's what it means. Jesus was the earthly manifestation of God in the flesh. 1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Three that bear record 1.Father God 2 Word Jesus and 3. Holy Ghost. The TRINITY. Here again the word trinity though not in the Bible is used in Christian Churches to acknowledge this fact.
  • Robert L
    Althougth the word TRINITY is not in the Bible the concept is, acording to Jesus. Matthew 28:19 " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." The Son ergo would be the second person of the Godhood.

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