1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:11

“Euen so must their wiues be graue; not slanderers, sober, faithfull in all things.”

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Other Translations

Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
- King James Version

Women {must} likewise {be} dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Women in like manner `must be' grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Women are to be serious in behaviour, saying no evil of others, controlling themselves, true in all things.
- Basic English Bible

[The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
- Darby Bible

Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
- Webster's Bible

Deaconesses, in the same way, must be sober-minded women, not slanderers, but in every way temperate and trustworthy.
- Weymouth Bible

Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
- World English Bible

Also it bihoueth wymmen to be chast, not bacbitinge, sobre, feithful in alle thingis.
- Wycliffe Bible

Women -- in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:11


3:11 Faithful in all things - Both to God, their husbands, and the poor.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:11


1Ti 3:11 Even so [must their] wives [be] grave. The word in the Greek word "gune" may mean "women" or "wives". It is rendered "wife" in 1Ti 3:12. The Revised Version says, "Women in like manner [must be] grave". I believe that the Common Version is nearer right. The duties of women generally are not spoken of in the midst of a discussion of elders and deacons. Either deaconesses are meant, or the wives of bishops and deacons; more likely the latter. We know that an injudicious wife may mar the work of a church officer. Not slanderers. Not given to tattling.

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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