1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:7

“Moreouer, hee must haue a good report of them which are without, lest he fall into reproch, and the snare of the deuill.”

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Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- King James Version

And he must have a good reputation with those outside {the church,} so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And he is to have a good name among those outside the church, so that nothing may be said against him and he may not be taken by the designs of the Evil One.
- Basic English Bible

But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.
- Darby Bible

Moreover, he must have a good report of them who are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- Webster's Bible

It is needful also that he bear a good character with people outside the Church, lest he fall into reproach or a snare of the Devil.
- Weymouth Bible

Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- World English Bible

For it bihoueth hym to haue also good witnessing of hem that ben with outforth, that he falle not in to repreef, and in to the snare of the deuel.
- Wycliffe Bible

and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:7


3:7 He ought also to have a good report - To have had a fair character in time past. From them that are without - That are not Christians. Lest he fall into reproach - By their rehearsing his former life, which might discourage and prove a snare to him.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:7


1Ti 3:7 He must have a good report of them which are without. Have an established character which speaks well for the church among the unconverted. Lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Into some snare of the devil, some improper conduct, which will bring reproach on the church.

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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