1 Timothy 3:13
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation
Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.

English Standard Version
For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Berean Study Bible
For those who have served well as deacons acquire for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Berean Literal Bible
For those having served well acquire a good standing for themselves and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

New American Standard Bible
For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

King James Bible
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

International Standard Version
Those ministers who serve well gain an excellent reputation for themselves and will have great assurance by their faith in the Messiah Jesus.

NET Bible
For those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

New Heart English Bible
For those who have served well as deacons gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For those who serve well purchase a good rank for themselves and much boldness in the faith of Yeshua The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those deacons who serve well gain an excellent reputation and will have confidence as a result of their faith in Christ Jesus.

New American Standard 1977
For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For those that minister well purchase to themselves a good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

King James 2000 Bible
For they that have used the office of a deacon well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

American King James Version
For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

American Standard Version
For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they that have ministered well, shall purchase to themselves a good degree, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Darby Bible Translation
for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.

English Revised Version
For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Webster's Bible Translation
For they that have used the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.

Weymouth New Testament
For those who have filled the deacon's office wisely and well, are already gaining for themselves an honourable standing, and are acquiring great freedom of speech in proclaiming the faith which rests on Christ Jesus.

World English Bible
For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

Young's Literal Translation
for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Study Bible
Qualifications for Deacons
12A deacon must be the husband of but one wife, a good manager of his children and of his own household. 13For those who have served well as deacons acquire for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these things…
Cross References
Matthew 25:21
His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master!'

1 Timothy 3:14
Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these things
Treasury of Scripture

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

they.

Matthew 25:21 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you …

Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: …

Luke 19:17 And he said to him, Well, you good servant: because you have been …

used. or, ministered.

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered to, but to minister, …

Romans 12:7,8 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teaches, on teaching…

1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

degree.

Acts 21:35 And when he came on the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the …

great.

Acts 6:5,8,15 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, …

Acts 7:1 Then said the high priest, Are these things so?

Philippians 1:14 And many of the brothers in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, …

1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, …

2 Timothy 2:1 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.

(13) For they that have used the office of a deacon well.--Better rendered, for they that have served well as deacons. It was with good reason that the Apostle laid great stress on the many and varied qualifications necessary for one undertaking the duties of a deacon of the Church--for very great indeed was the reward reserved for the true, loyal deacon when his work was over and done (and if for the man who had performed well his work in the lower office, fortiori for the one who should faithfully fulfil the yet higher duties of an elder or overseer in the Church).

Purchase to themselves a good degree.--Some scholars have suggested as a better rendering, "are acquiring (or gaining) to themselves a good standing. The old translation perhaps is best. Alford writes strikingly on the change of tense: "They that have used are acquiring or purchasing." The Apostle having begun by placing himself at the great day of retribution, now shifts the scene and deals with their present conduct. "Those who shall then be found to have served well, &c. . . . are now, &c."

The "good degree" they are now purchasing by earnest, patient work may refer to advancement to the higher ministries of the Church, but, more probably, has reference to their future position in the blessed life to come. This is one of the passages not unfrequent in St. Paul's Epistles, where degrees of glory among the redeemed are clearly spoken of. The plain words of St. Paul and his Master teach the people of God that although the great act of redemption alone belongs to Christ, that through His merits only men obtain salvation, still His own, will in a great measure determine, by their works and days on earth, the position they will occupy in His kingdom.

And great boldness.--The true and faithful deacons not only will in the life to come win the great reward, but here the result of their loyal, earnest service would be, that before men they would do their work with serene, fearless confidence, and would at the same time be encouraged to approach that heavenly Father at all times with the loving trustfulness of children.

In the faith which is in Christ Jesus.--Faith was the foundation of the "great boldness," and the faith rested on Jesus Christ.

Verse 13. - Served well as deacons for used the office of a deacon well, A.V.; gain to themselves a good standing for purchase to themselves a good degree, A.V. Served... as deacons (διακονήσαντες); as in ver. 10. In this technical sense only found in these two passages; which well agrees with the late date of this Epistle, when the technical sense of διάκονος was established. Gain to themselves a good standing. The sense of the passage depends a good deal upon the exact meaning of βαθμός. In 1 Samuel 5:4, 5, in the LXX., βαθμός is the rendering of מִפְתָּן (rendered αἴθριον in Ezekiel 9:3; Ezekiel 10:4), a somewhat unusual word for a "threshold." In 2 Kings 20:9, 10, 11, it is the rendering of מַעֲלָה, "a degree on the sun-dial." This latter seems to suit better the verb περιποιοῦνται, they gain or acquire, which suggests the idea of advancement. It does not follow that St. Paul had in his mind their advancement from the "inferior office" to "the higher ministries in the Church" (Ordination Service); he may merely have meant to say that the discharge of the duties of a deacon in an efficient and exemplary manner raised a man to high estimation in the Church, and so gave him confidence in confessing the faith of Jesus Christ both by word and deed. Gain to themselves (περιποιοῦνται); acquire by purchase or otherwise. Frequent in the LXX.; but only elsewhere in the New Testament in Acts 20:28. Boldness (παρρησίαν); very common in the New Testament (comp. Acts 4:13, 29, 31; Ephesians 6:19; Philippians 1:20, etc.), where it is especially applied to boldness in preaching the gospel of Christ. This seems to imply that St. Paul contemplated preaching as a part of the deacon's work. We know that Philip the deacon and Stephen the deacon were both preachers. For they that have used the office of a deacon well,.... With diligence and faithfulness, with simplicity and cheerfulness; taking good care of the minister and poor, and of the discipline of God's house:

purchase to themselves a good degree; not an higher office, as that of presbytery or episcopacy, which is a sense calculated to serve a hierarchy; nor a degree in glory and happiness hereafter; but rather an increase of gifts and grace; or a degree of respect and honour in the church: or the sense is, they possess and enjoy, which is the meaning of the word rendered "purchase", a very honourable office in the church; and which is so to them, they using it well, and discharging it in an honourable manner; unless the apostle should design what the Jews called , "a degree of faith": (b) but that is expressed in the next clause:

and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus: either in the exercise of the grace of faith at the throne of grace; or in asserting the doctrine of faith before men; and in reproving either for error or immorality: all which may be boldly done by those who use this office well.

(b) Zohar in Exod. fol. 36. 3.13. purchase to themselves a good degree—literally, "are acquiring … a … step." Understood by many as "a higher step," that is, promotion to the higher office of presbyter. But ambition of rising seems hardly the motive to faithfulness which the apostle would urge; besides, it would require the comparative, "a better degree." Then the past aorist participle, "they that used the office of deacon well," implies that the present verb, "are acquiring to themselves boldness," is the result of the completed action of using the diaconate well. Also, Paul would not probably hold out to every deacon the prospect of promotion to the presbytery in reward of his service. The idea of moving upwards in Church offices was as yet unknown (compare Ro 12:7, etc.; 1Co 12:4-11). Moreover, there seems little connection between reference to a higher Church rank and the words "great boldness." Therefore, what those who have faithfully discharged the diaconate acquire for themselves is "a good standing-place" [Alford] (a well-grounded hope of salvation) against the day of judgment, 1Ti 6:19; 1Co 3:13, 14 (the figurative meaning of "degree" or "step," being the degree of worth which one has obtained in the eye of God [Wiesinger]); and boldness (resting on that standing-place"), as well for preaching and admonishing others now (Eph 6:19; a firm standing forth for the truth against error), as also especially in relation to God their coming Judge, before whom they may be boldly confident (Ac 24:16; 1Jo 2:28; 3:21; 4:17; Heb 4:16).

in the faith—rather as Greek, "in faith," that is, boldness resting on their own faith.

which is in Christ Jesus—resting in Christ Jesus.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.
Jump to Previous
Acquiring Already Assurance Boldness Christ Confidence Deacon Deacons Degree Excellent Faith Fear Filled Free Freedom Gain Gaining Good Great High Honourable Jesus Ministered Obtain Office Position Proclaiming Purchase Served Speech Standing Themselves Used Wisely Work
Jump to Next
Acquiring Already Assurance Boldness Christ Confidence Deacon Deacons Degree Excellent Faith Fear Filled Free Freedom Gain Gaining Good Great High Honourable Jesus Ministered Obtain Office Position Proclaiming Purchase Served Speech Standing Themselves Used Wisely Work
Links
1 Timothy 3:13 NIV
1 Timothy 3:13 NLT
1 Timothy 3:13 ESV
1 Timothy 3:13 NASB
1 Timothy 3:13 KJV

1 Timothy 3:13 Biblia Paralela
1 Timothy 3:13 Chinese Bible
1 Timothy 3:13 French Bible
1 Timothy 3:13 German Bible

Alphabetical: a an and as assurance Christ confidence deacons excellent faith For gain great have high in is Jesus obtain served standing that the their themselves Those well who

NT Letters: 1 Timothy 3:13 For those who have served well gain (1 Tim. 1Ti iTi 1tim i Tm) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
1 Timothy 3:12
Top of Page
Top of Page