1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:3

“Not giuen to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not couetous;”

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Other Translations

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
- King James Version

not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

no brawler, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no lover of money;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not quickly moved to wrath or blows, but gentle; no fighter, no lover of money;
- Basic English Bible

not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money,
- Darby Bible

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient; not a brawler, not covetous;
- Webster's Bible

not a hard drinker nor given to blows; not selfish or quarrelsome or covetous;
- Weymouth Bible

not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;
- World English Bible

not youun myche to wyn, not a smytere, but temperat, not ful of chiding, not coueitouse, wel reulinge his hous,
- Wycliffe Bible

not given to wine, not a striker, not given to filthy lucre, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:3


1Ti 3:3 Not given to wine. Not a drunken brawler is the idea of the Greek. We must always bear in mind that the church had been formed of Gentiles whose morals had been at a very low standard.

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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