1 Timothy

1611 King James Version (KJV)

1 Timothy 3:8

“Likewise must the Deacons bee graue, not double tongued, not giuen to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,”

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Likewise [must] the deacons [be] grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
- King James Version

Deacons likewise {must be} men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Deacons in like manner `must be' grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Deacons, in the same way, are to be serious in their behaviour, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world;
- Basic English Bible

Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means,
- Darby Bible

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre,
- Webster's Bible

Deacons, in the same way, must be men of serious demeanour, not double-tongued, nor addicted to much wine, nor greedy of base gain,
- Weymouth Bible

Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money;
- World English Bible

Also it bihoueth dekenes to be chast, not double tungid, not youun myche to wyn, not suynge foul wynnyng;
- Wycliffe Bible

Ministrants -- in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8


3:8 Likewise the deacons must he serious - Men of a grave, decent, venerable behaviour. But where are presbyters? Were this order essentially distinct from that of bishops, could the apostle have passed it over in silence? Not desirous of filthy gain - With what abhorrence does he everywhere speak of this! All that is gained (above food and raiment) by ministering in holy things is filthy gain indeed; far more filthy than what is honestly gained by raking kennels, or emptying common sewers.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 3:8


1Ti 3:8 Likewise [must] the deacons. The ancient church understood that the seven appointed in Acts were the first deacons (Ac 6:5). They were not called deacons, but filled a diaconate. In Php 1:1 we find deacons existing. Their office seemed to have been to look after the temporal matters of the church, and especially to care for the poor and the widows (Ac 6:1,2). Not doubletongued. Not saying one thing to one man, and another thing to others. Not greedy of filthy lucre. Men who are covetous and unscrupulous as to modes of getting money are not to be chosen.

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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