1 Timothy 3:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

New Living Translation
In the same way, their wives must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.

English Standard Version
Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.

New American Standard Bible
Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.

King James Bible
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.

International Standard Version
Their wives must also be serious. They must not be gossips, but instead be stable and trustworthy in everything.

NET Bible
Likewise also their wives must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way also, the wives should be modest and alert in their minds and shall be faithful in everything and should not be slanderers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their wives must also be of good character. They must not be gossips, but they must control their tempers and be trustworthy in every way.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wives likewise are to be honest, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so must their wives be serious, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

American King James Version
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

American Standard Version
Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The women in like manner chaste, not slanderers, but sober, faithful in all things.

Darby Bible Translation
[The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

English Revised Version
Women in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Webster's Bible Translation
Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

Weymouth New Testament
Deaconesses, in the same way, must be sober-minded women, not slanderers, but in every way temperate and trustworthy.

World English Bible
Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.

Young's Literal Translation
Women -- in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Women in like maturer must for even so must their wives, A.V.; temperate for sober, A.V. Women. What is meant by these "women"? Certainly not women in general, which would be quite out of harmony with the context. The choice lies between

(1) the wives of the deacons, as in the A.V.;

(2) the wives of the episcopi and deacons;

(3) deaconesses.

This last, on the whole, is the most probable. The male deacons had just been spoken of, and so the apostle goes on to speak of the female deacons (at διάκονοι, Romans 16:1). He conceives of the deacon's office as consisting of two branches -

(1) the deacons,

(2) the deaconesses;

and gives appropriate directions for each. It must he remembered that the office of the early deacon was in a great measure secular, so that there is nothing strange in that of the deaconess being coupled with it. The retrain in ver. 12 to the male deacon is in favor of understanding "the women" of the deaconesses, as showing that the subject of the diaconate was not done with. Chrysostom (who says, "He is speaking of those who hold the rank of deaconesses") and all the ancient commentators, and De Wette, Wiesinger, Wordsworth, Alford, and Ellicott among the moderns, so understand it (see following notes). Grave (σεμνὰς; see ver. 8, note). Not slanderers (μὴ διαβόλους, corresponding to the μὴ διλόγους of ver. 8). This use of διάβολος, which is the classical one, is peculiar in the New Testament to the pastoral Epistles (see 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3). Temperate (νηφαλίους; see ver. 2, note). It corresponds here to the μὴ οἴνῳ πολλῷ προσέχοντας of ver. 8. Faithful in all things (πιστὰς ἐν πᾶδιν). This seems to refer specially to their being the almoners of the Church charities, and so favors the explanation of "women" as meaning deaconesses. Πιστός means especially "trusty" (Matthew 24:45; Matthew 25:21; Luke 12:42; Luke 16:10, etc.).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Even so must their wives be grave,.... Some instead of "wives" read "women", and understand them of deaconesses, such as were in the primitive churches; whose business it was to visit the poor and sick sisters of the church, and take care of things belonging to them; but it is better to interpret the words of the wives of the deacons, who must be as their husbands, "grave" in speech, gesture, and dress, of an honest report, a good behaviour, and chaste conversation; which will reflect honour and credit to their husbands:

not slanderers; or accusers, and so act like devils, as the word is sometimes rendered; for should they act such a part, and accuse either the poor, or any of the members of the church wrongfully, or on any trifling occasion, as persons addicted to this vice are wont to do, it would be of bad consequence: and they also should be

sober, temperate, not given to wine; excessive drinking is very scandalous in the female sex; and is the rather mentioned here, because women in the eastern countries were too frequently addicted to it:

faithful in all things; as in the marriage bed, so with whatsoever else they are intrusted with in the family, and civil concerns of their husbands; and this is the rather observed, because the wives of deacons may be sometimes intrusted with the church's stock in their husband's absence, to impart to the poor.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. their wives—rather, "the women," that is, the deaconesses. For there is no reason that special rules should be laid down as to the wives of the deacons, and not also as to the wives of the bishops or overseers. Moreover, if the wives of the deacons were meant, there seems no reason for the omission of "their" (not in the Greek). Also the Greek for "even so" (the same as for "likewise," 1Ti 3:8, and "in like manner," 1Ti 2:9), denotes a transition to another class of persons. Further, there were doubtless deaconesses at Ephesus, such as Phoebe was at Cenchrea (Ro 16:1, "servant," Greek, "deaconess"), yet no mention is made of them in this Epistle if not here; whereas, supposing them to be meant here, the third chapter embraces in due proportion all the persons in the service of the Church. Naturally after specifying the qualifications of the deacon, Paul passes to those of the kindred office, the deaconess. "Grave" occurs in the case of both. "Not slanderers" here, answers to "not double-tongued" in the deacons; so "not false accusers" (Tit 2:3). "Sober" here answers to "not given to much wine," in the case of the deacons (1Ti 3:8). Thus it appears he requires the same qualifications in female deacons as in deacons, only with such modifications as the difference of sex suggested. Pliny, in his celebrated letter to Trajan, calls them "female ministers."

faithful in all things—of life as well as faith. Trustworthy in respect to the alms committed to them and their other functions, answering to "not greedy of filthy lucre," 1Ti 3:8, in the case of the deacons.

1 Timothy 3:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Qualifications for Deacons
10These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.…
Cross References
Romans 1:29
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

2 Timothy 3:3
without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good,

Titus 2:3
Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
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Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

their.

Leviticus 21:7,13-15 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall …

Ezekiel 44:22 Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away…

Luke 1:5-6 THERE was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest …

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

be. See on ver.

1 Timothy 3:4 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection …

not.

Psalm 15:3 He that backbites not with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, …

Psalm 50:20 You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother's son.

Psalm 101:5 Whoever privately slanders his neighbor, him will I cut off: him …

Proverbs 10:18 He that hides hatred with lying lips, and he that utters a slander, is a fool.

Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, so is a faithful messenger …

Jeremiah 9:4 Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any …

Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted …

John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, …

Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becomes holiness, …

Revelation 12:9,10 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

sober.

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

1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober…

2 Timothy 4:5 But watch you in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an …

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring …

faithful. See on ch.

1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for that he …

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, …

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