1 Timothy 3:6

“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not a nouice, lest being lifted vp with pride, hee fall into the condemnation of the deuill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

{and} not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not one newly taken into the church, for fear that, through his high opinion of himself, he may come into the same sin as the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil.
- Darby Bible

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- Webster's Bible

He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
- World English Bible

lest he be borun vp in to pride, and falle in to doom of the deuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:6


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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:6


1Ti 3:6 Not a novice. One recently converted. Those chosen for bishops must be old and tired. Paul and Barnabas did not ordain elders until their second visit to the churches (Ac 14:23). Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. A novice, suddenly exalted, was in danger of undue elation.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3:6

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