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

  • 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





  • 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

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