1 Timothy 3:10
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New International Version
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

New Living Translation
Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.

English Standard Version
And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

Berean Study Bible
Additionally, they must first be tested. Then, if they are above reproach, let them serve as deacons.

Berean Literal Bible
And these also, let them be tested first; then let them serve, being blameless.

New American Standard Bible
These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

King James Bible
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.

International Standard Version
But they must first be tested. Then, if they prove to be blameless, they may become ministers.

NET Bible
And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless.

New Heart English Bible
Let them also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, if they are blamesless.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And those who are such should be first proved and then let them serve, being without fault.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
First, a person must be evaluated. Then, if he has a good reputation, he may become a deacon.

New American Standard 1977
And let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And let these also first be proved; then let them minister, if they are blameless.

King James 2000 Bible
And let these also first be tested; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

American King James Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

American Standard Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime.

Darby Bible Translation
And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge [against them].

English Revised Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.

Webster's Bible Translation
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

Weymouth New Testament
And they must also be well-tried men, and when found to be of unblemished character then let them serve as deacons.

World English Bible
Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless.

Young's Literal Translation
and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable.
Study Bible
Qualifications for Deacons
9They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10Additionally, they must first be tested. Then, if they are above reproach, let them serve as deacons. 11In the same way, the women must be dignified, not slanderers, but temperate and faithful in all things.…
Cross References
Colossians 1:22
But now He has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy, unblemished, and blameless in His presence--

1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be too quick in the laying on of hands and thereby share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
Treasury of Scripture

And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

let these.

1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation …

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

use.

1 Timothy 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves …

Acts 6:1,2 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, …

being.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and …

Titus 1:6,7 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children …

(10) And let these also first be proved.--No formal investigation, either in public before the congregation, or in private before Timothy and his fellow presbyters, is here referred to. What is most probably the meaning of the word is--the deacon should for a time perform many of the various duties on probation, to test his fitness before he was formally set apart for the holy office. So much of the work belonging to these officials of the early Church necessarily partook of a partially secular character, that such a trial of their fitness could well be made.

Then let them use the office of a deacon.--Better rendered, let them serve as deacons, if, after the trial, inquiry, and period of probation, they be found blameless.

Verse 10. Serve as deacons for use the office of a deacon, A.V.; if they be for being found, A.V. And let these also, etc. There is an ambiguity in the English here. It is not" these also" - these in addition to others, i.e. the bishops before named - but "these be also first proved." Their general character, as described in vers. 8, 9, must not be taken upon loose hearsay, but must be put to the test by examination, by special testimony, by inquiry, and then, if they are ἀνέγκλητοι, not accused, not open to just blame, blameless, let them be admitted to serve as deacons (see ver. 13, note). The Church of England scrupulously acts up to these directions by requiring written testimonials, by personal inquiries made by the bishop, by the Si quis, by the appeal to the congregation in the Ordination Service, "Brethren, if there be any of you who knoweth any impediment, or notable crime, in any of these persons presented to be ordained deacons, for the which he ought not to be admitted to that office, let him come forth in the name of God, and show what the crime or impediment is;" as well as by the careful examination of the candidates. Blameless (comp. Titus 1:6, 7); ἀνέγκλητος, rendered in the Vulgate nullum crimen habentes (which seems to explain the "notable crime" of the Ordination Service), and in Colossians 1:22 "unreprovable" both in the A.V. and the R.V. The whole passage, from ver. 2 to ver. 13, shows the supreme importance of a holy and blameless conversation in the clergy. And let these also first be proved,.... Not that they should be tried in any part of the deacon's office, to see how capable they are of performing it; but their internal and external characters are to be looked into and examined, and if they appear, to be right, then they are to be approved of, chosen and called unto, and invested with the office:

then let them use the office of a deacon; let them be employed and minister in the several parts and branches of that office:

being found blameless; not without sin, but free from any gross and enormous one; not before God, but in the sight of men; See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:2. 10. "And moreover," etc. [Alford].

be proved—not by a period of probation, but by a searching inquiry, conducted by Timothy, the ordaining president (1Ti 5:22), whether they be "blameless"; then when found so, "let them act as deacons."

blameless—Greek, "unexceptionable"; as the result of public investigation unaccused [Tittmann].3:8-13 The deacons were at first appointed to distribute the charity of the church, and to manage its concerns, yet pastors and evangelists were among them. The deacons had a great trust reposed in them. They must be grave, serious, prudent men. It is not fit that public trusts should be lodged in the hands of any, till they are found fit for the business with which they are to be trusted. All who are related to ministers, must take great care to walk as becomes the gospel of Christ.
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