1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:6

“Not a nouice, lest being lifted vp with pride, hee fall into the condemnation of the deuill.”

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Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- King James Version

{and} not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Not one newly taken into the church, for fear that, through his high opinion of himself, he may come into the same sin as the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil.
- Darby Bible

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- Webster's Bible

He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
- World English Bible

lest he be borun vp in to pride, and falle in to doom of the deuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:6


3:6 Lest being puffed up - With this new honour, or with the applause which frequently follows it. He fall into the condemnation of the devil - The same into which the devil fell.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:6


1Ti 3:6 Not a novice. One recently converted. Those chosen for bishops must be old and tired. Paul and Barnabas did not ordain elders until their second visit to the churches (Ac 14:23). Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. A novice, suddenly exalted, was in danger of undue elation.

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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