1 Timothy 3:8

“Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Likewise must the Deacons bee graue, not double tongued, not giuen to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Deacons likewise {must be} men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Deacons in like manner `must be' grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behaviour, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world;
- Basic English Bible

Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means,
- Darby Bible

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,
- Webster's Bible

Deacons, in the same way, must be men of serious demeanour, not double-tongued, nor addicted to much wine, nor greedy of base gain,
- Weymouth Bible

Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money;
- World English Bible

Also it bihoueth dekenes to be chast, not double tungid, not youun myche to wyn, not suynge foul wynnyng;
- Wycliffe Bible

Ministrants -- in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8


3:8 Likewise the deacons must he serious - Men of a grave, decent, venerable behaviour. But where are presbyters? Were this order essentially distinct from that of bishops, could the apostle have passed it over in silence? Not desirous of filthy gain - With what abhorrence does he everywhere speak of this! All that is gained (above food and raiment) by ministering in holy things is filthy gain indeed; far more filthy than what is honestly gained by raking kennels, or emptying common sewers.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8


1Ti 3:8 Likewise [must] the deacons. The ancient church understood that the seven appointed in Acts were the first deacons (Ac 6:5). They were not called deacons, but filled a diaconate. In Php 1:1 we find deacons existing. Their office seemed to have been to look after the temporal matters of the church, and especially to care for the poor and the widows (Ac 6:1,2). Not doubletongued. Not saying one thing to one man, and another thing to others. Not greedy of filthy lucre. Men who are covetous and unscrupulous as to modes of getting money are not to be chosen.

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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