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 1 Timothy 3:5

(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 for 1 Timothy 3:5

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:5


3:4 Having his children in subjection with all seriousness - For levity undermines all domestic authority; and this direction, by a parity of reason, belongs to all parents.

3:6 Lest being puffed up - With this new honour, or with the applause which frequently follows it. He fall into the condemnation of the devil - The same into which the devil fell.

3:7 He ought also to have a good report - To have had a fair character in time past. From them that are without - That are not Christians. Lest he fall into reproach - By their rehearsing his former life, which might discourage and prove a snare to him.


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).

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