1 Timothy 3:7

“Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Moreouer, hee must haue a good report of them which are without, lest he fall into reproch, and the snare of the deuill.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

And he must have a good reputation with those outside {the church,} so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he is to have a good name among those outside the church, so that nothing may be said against him and he may not be taken by the designs of the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.
- Darby Bible

Moreover, he must have a good report of them who are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- Webster's Bible

It is needful also that he bear a good character with people outside the Church, lest he fall into reproach or a snare of the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- World English Bible

For it bihoueth hym to haue also good witnessing of hem that ben with outforth, that he falle not in to repreef, and in to the snare of the deuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:7


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 3:7


1Ti 3:7 He must have a good report of them which are without. Have an established character which speaks well for the church among the unconverted. Lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Into some snare of the devil, some improper conduct, which will bring reproach on the church.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3:7

  • One who presides over a congregation should have not only a good reputation inside the church, but also outside of it. This shows that his whole life should be a reflection of his devotion to God in all that he does. There should not be a whole separate double life being led outside the church.
  • i thank that this is true for ur character reflects your very person

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