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

  • 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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