1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:13

“For they that haue vsed the office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselues a good degree, and great boldnesse in the faith, which is in Christ Iesus.”

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Other Translations

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- King James Version

For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For those who have done good work as Deacons get for themselves a good position and become free from fear in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- Basic English Bible

for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.
- Darby Bible

For they that have used the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
- Webster's Bible

For those who have filled the deacon's office wisely and well, are already gaining for themselves an honourable standing, and are acquiring great freedom of speech in proclaiming the faith which rests on Christ Jesus.
- Weymouth Bible

For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- World English Bible

For thei that mynystren wel, schulen gete a good degre to hem silf, and myche triste in the feith, that is in Crist Jhesu.
- Wycliffe Bible

for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that [is] in Christ Jesus.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:13


3:13 They purchase a good degree - Or step, toward some higher office. And much boldness - From the testimony of a good conscience.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:13


1Ti 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well. These demands for the office are high, for those who exercise it well purchase themselves a good degree. Secure a high position in the church and in God's favor. And great boldness in the faith. To fill these duties well gives strength, and often fits for higher duties. Stephen (Ac 6:5,8-10) and Philip (Ac 6:5 8:5,35,40 21:8) became evangelists.

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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