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

  • 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.
    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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