1 Timothy 3:5
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New International Version
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)

New Living Translation
For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God's church?

English Standard Version
for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

New American Standard Bible
(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

King James Bible
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God's church?)

International Standard Version
For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?

NET Bible
But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if he does not know how to lead his own household well, how can he lead the Church of God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)

Jubilee Bible 2000
(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of God?)

King James 2000 Bible
(For if a man knows not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

American King James Version
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

American Standard Version
(but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

Darby Bible Translation
(but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?)

English Revised Version
(but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Webster's Bible Translation
(For if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
(but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)

Young's Literal Translation
(and if any one his own house how to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-7 If a man desired the pastoral office, and from love to Christ, and the souls of men, was ready to deny himself, and undergo hardships by devoting himself to that service, he sought to be employed in a good work, and his desire should be approved, provided he was qualified for the office. A minister must give as little occasion for blame as can be, lest he bring reproach upon his office. He must be sober, temperate, moderate in all his actions, and in the use of all creature-comforts. Sobriety and watchfulness are put together in Scripture, they assist one the other. The families of ministers ought to be examples of good to all other families. We should take heed of pride; it is a sin that turned angels into devils. He must be of good repute among his neighbours, and under no reproach from his former life. To encourage all faithful ministers, we have Christ's gracious word of promise, Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world, Mt 28:20. And he will fit his ministers for their work, and carry them through difficulties with comfort, and reward their faithfulness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - But for for, A.V., knoweth for know, A.V.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For if a man know not how to rule his own house,.... Which is an affair of less importance, and more easy to be done; not requiring so much resolution, prudence, care, and thought:

how shall he take care of the church of God? preside over it, rule in it, provide for it, and see that everything is in its proper place, and done according to the will of God. The argument is from the lesser to the greater.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. For—Greek, "But."

the church—rather, "a church" or congregation. How shall he who cannot perform the lesser function, perform the greater and more difficult?

1 Timothy 3:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
Qualifications for Overseers
4He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), 6and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God--

1 Timothy 3:15
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

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Ephesians 1:22 And has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head …

Ephesians 5:24,32 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be …

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