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

  • Ray321
    God gave Paul a mystery. 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. No body new anything about manifest in the flesh until Paul wrote it in his epistles. Paul also started churches with Bishop and Deacons. Amen to .
  • James
    My favorite verse is 3-16. When I had been down as low as a man can get, I started looking for God. I had to sink to my lowest depth. I could not understand, had always been my own man doing what I was big enough to do. Reading this verse so how opened my eyes to the truth that I was not my own man, I was a child of God and He loved me when no one else did. I am thankful for what He has done.
  • Bruce
    Doreen: My Heavenly Father did not make money that came from the desires of man. Man placed value on Salt,Livestock,Slaves,food and Their Trade. What ever they thought had value they used to trade and barter with to have what they wanted. Today it is precious metals,coins,paper money. Some do anything to get money.Greedy pastors preach name it and claim it.Send Me 100$ you will be a "Millionaire"
  • Irene123
    'lucre' (money) BECOMES, not 'is', filthy when we use it ALL for ourselves and not honoring God with the tithe of ten percent - which is His even before taxes; ten per cent of the GROSS amt. Mal. 3:8-11; " ... and PROVE me now ... "; v. 11; "And I WILL rebuke the devourer ... "; Ps. 37:25, "I was YOUNG, but now am OLD, ..... nor have I seen His seed begging bread." Tit. 1:2, God that cannot lie."
  • Doreen
    So who condemned money to be filthy lucre and why did my FATHER The CREATOR The INFINITE made such a GOOD thing for us HIS Children HIS Offspring HIS Creations to use!! Would You as a Parent give Your child a toy that would hurt Your child to play with? Money is Good. YOUR Thoughts Words and Actions are very Powerful. Whatever You think and speak You will receive.
  • BSP
    The way a Christian man cares for his family must be considered in determining whether he qualifies to assume the heavier responsibility of sherpherding the congregation as verses 4 and 5 show.

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