1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:10

“And let these also first be proued; then let them vse the office of a Deacon, being found blamelesse.”

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Other Translations

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being [found] blameless.
- King James Version

These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And let these first be put to the test; then let them become Deacons if there is nothing against them.
- Basic English Bible

And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge [against them].
- Darby Bible

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
- Webster's Bible

And they must also be well-tried men, and when found to be of unblemished character then let them serve as deacons.
- Weymouth Bible

Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless.
- World English Bible

But be thei preued first, and mynystre so, hauynge no cryme.
- Wycliffe Bible

and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:10


3:10 Let these he proved first - Let a trial be made how they believe. Then let them minister - Let them be fixed in that office.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:10


1Ti 3:10 Let these also first be proved. Not novices, but men fully tested. Before they use the office of a deacon, their character must be thoroughly examined, and they must be found blameless.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 3

  • KJV Only
    If he can't take care of his own house/household then how is he supposed to take care of the church.
  • Ss
    To Wayne Hoffman
    For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
  • Wayne Hoffman
    What if a candidate for elder has an adopted child that was a believer(?) but is denouncing God and his christian belief. Does this disqualify this candidate?
  • A disciple
    Hi Zeti; I don't understand your mentioning of Martin Luther and the Pope, in relation to your first point about money? But as far as the creation and use of money; God has put the world's business into the hands of men. From the first pronouncement of dominion over all things to the naming of the animals to tending and tilling the ground; so too the knowledge and working of Government of society.
  • Zeti
    Money was not made by God. Jesus himself, when asked about paying taxes, said 'render unto Caesar which is ceasar's.
    Martin Luther identified the pope
  • A disciple
    It is a very popular notion that Catholicism is the New Testament Babylon; and many have taken great pains to "prove" that. But I think more accurately, it should be likened to the Church in Thyatira; as it is the leadership that is unrepentant and is committing fornication. It has been given to us by Jesus to know all things and to judge; and that our judgment on earth shall be done in heaven.

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