1 Timothy 3:5

“(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

(For if a man know not how to rule his owne house, how shall he take care of the Church of God?)
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
- American Standard Version (1901)

(For if a man has not the art of ruling his house, how will he take care of the church of God?)
- Basic English Bible

(but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?)
- Darby Bible

(For if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
- Webster's Bible

(If a man does not know how to rule his own household, how shall he have the Church of God given into his care?)
- Weymouth Bible

(but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)
- World English Bible

for if ony man kan not gouerne his house, hou schal he haue diligence of the chirche of God? not new conuertid to the feith,
- Wycliffe Bible

(and if any one his own house [how] to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:5


1Ti 3:5 For if a man know not how to rule his own house. The order of his own house will show whether he is fit to have a charge in the house of God. The sins of Eli's sons showed that Eli, though a good man, was unfitted to rule (1Sa 2:22-25).

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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