1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:4

“One that ruleth well his owne house, hauing his children in subiection with all grauitie.”

1611 King James Version (KJV)




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Other Translations

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
- King James Version

{He must be} one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
- New American Standard Version (1995)

one that ruleth well his own house, having `his' children in subjection with all gravity;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Ruling his house well, having his children under control with all serious behaviour;
- Basic English Bible

conducting his own house well, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;
- Darby Bible

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
- Webster's Bible

but ruling his own household wisely and well, with children kept under control with true dignity.
- Weymouth Bible

one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;
- World English Bible

and haue sones suget with al chastite;
- Wycliffe Bible

his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:4


3:4 Having his children in subjection with all seriousness - For levity undermines all domestic authority; and this direction, by a parity of reason, belongs to all parents.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:4


1Ti 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house. This implies that he must be a man of family. Having his children in subjection. He must be a father with obedient children.

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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