1 Timothy 3:8

“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Likewise must the Deacons bee graue, not double tongued, not giuen to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Deacons likewise {must be} men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Deacons in like manner `must be' grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behaviour, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world;
- Basic English Bible

Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means,
- Darby Bible

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,
- Webster's Bible

Deacons, in the same way, must be men of serious demeanour, not double-tongued, nor addicted to much wine, nor greedy of base gain,
- Weymouth Bible

Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money;
- World English Bible

Also it bihoueth dekenes to be chast, not double tungid, not youun myche to wyn, not suynge foul wynnyng;
- Wycliffe Bible

Ministrants -- in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8

3:8 Likewise the deacons must he serious - Men of a grave, decent, venerable behaviour. But where are presbyters? Were this order essentially distinct from that of bishops, could the apostle have passed it over in silence? Not desirous of filthy gain - With what abhorrence does he everywhere speak of this! All that is gained (above food and raiment) by ministering in holy things is filthy gain indeed; far more filthy than what is honestly gained by raking kennels, or emptying common sewers.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8

1Ti 3:8 Likewise [must] the deacons. The ancient church understood that the seven appointed in Acts were the first deacons (Ac 6:5). They were not called deacons, but filled a diaconate. In Php 1:1 we find deacons existing. Their office seemed to have been to look after the temporal matters of the church, and especially to care for the poor and the widows (Ac 6:1,2). Not doubletongued. Not saying one thing to one man, and another thing to others. Not greedy of filthy lucre. Men who are covetous and unscrupulous as to modes of getting money are not to be chosen.

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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