1 Timothy 3:6
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New International Version
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.

New Living Translation
An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.

English Standard Version
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

New American Standard Bible
and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.

King James Bible
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.

International Standard Version
He must not be a recent convert, so that he won't become arrogant and fall into the devil's condemnation.

NET Bible
He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should he be a young disciple, lest he be lifted up and would fall into the judgment of Satan;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He must not be a new Christian, or he might become arrogant like the devil and be condemned.

Jubilee Bible 2000
not a novice, lest being puffed up, he fall into judgment of the devil.

King James 2000 Bible
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

American King James Version
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

American Standard Version
not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not a neophyte: lest being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil.

Darby Bible Translation
not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil.

English Revised Version
not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Weymouth New Testament
He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as the Devil.

World English Bible
not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

Young's Literal Translation
not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;
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 6. Puffed up for lifted up with pride, A.V. A novice (νεόφυτον); only here in the New Testament, but found repeatedly in the LXX. in its literal sense of "a tree" or "plantation" newly planted (Psalm 127:3 (Psalms 128:3, A.V.); 144:12; Isaiah 5:7). Here the novice or neophyte is one recently converted and received into the Church (comp. 1 Corinthians 3:6; Isaiah 61:3). As such he is not yet fit to be a ruler and a teacher of the brethren. The reason follows. Lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Τυφωθεις, puffed up, is peculiar in the New Testament to the pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:4), from τυφός, smoke (comp. λίνον τυφόμενον, "smoking flax," Matthew 12:10). The idea seems to be "lightness," "emptiness," and "elation." Some add that of "obscuration" as by smoke; τυφόω, to wrap in smoke; τετύφωμαι, to be wrapt in clouds of conceit and folly (Liddell and Scott). The condemnation of the devil. A somewhat obscure phrase. It means either

(1) the same condemnation as that into which the devil fell through pride, - and so Chrysostom, Olshausen, Bishop Ellicott, Wordsworth, Alford, etc., take it; or

(2) the condemnation or accusation of the devil. In the latter case κρῖμα would be used in the same sense as κρίσις in Jude 1:9, and would mean the charge preferred against him by "the accuser of the brethren" (comp. Job 1:9; Job 2:4, 5). One of the senses of κρίνω is "to accuse" - like κατηγορεῖν (Liddell and Scott). And this view agrees with ὀνειδισμὸν καὶ παγίδα τοῦ διαβόλου in ver. 7, which means, not the trap into which the devil fell, but the trap laid by the devil. It remains doubtful which is the true sense, but

(2) seems, on the whole, the most probable. The devil (τοῦ διαβόλου) can only mean Satan (Matthew 4:1; Matthew 13:39, etc.), though possibly conceived of as speaking by the mouth of traducers and vilifiers of the Church, as in ver. 7.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not a novice,.... Or one newly planted, the Arabic version adds, "in the faith"; meaning not a young man, for so was Timothy himself; but a young professor and church member; one that is lately come to the knowledge of the truth, and has just embraced and professed it, and become a member of a church, a new plant there: so the Hebrew word "a plant", is by the Septuagint in Job 14:9 rendered by this very word. The reason why such a person should not be a bishop, elder, or pastor of a church, is,

lest being lifted up with pride; through the dignity of the office he is advanced to, and the high opinion of men he stands in, and the great gifts qualifying him for such a place, he is supposed to have: for pride on account of these is apt to creep in, and swell and elate the minds of young professors especially; so that there is danger

that he fall into the condemnation of the devil; or "of the slanderer", as the word is rendered in 1 Timothy 3:11 and the sense then is, lest he should be censured and condemned by such who are given to calumny and detraction, and are glad of any opportunity to reproach and vilify the ministers of the word: but it is better to understand it of Satan; and then the meaning is, either lest such an one fall under the censure and condemnation of the accuser of the brethren; or rather lest he fall into the same condemnation and punishment the devil is fallen into, their crimes being alike. For it seems from hence, that pride was the first sin of the devil, and the cause of his apostasy from God; being elated with his own knowledge, strength, and dignity; and not being able to bear it, that the human nature should be advanced above that of angels.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. not a novice—one just converted. This proves the Church of Ephesus was established now for some time. The absence of this rule in the Epistle to Titus, accords with the recent planting of the Church at Crete. Greek, "neophyte," literally, "a young plant"; luxuriantly verdant (Ro 6:5; 11:17; 1Co 3:6). The young convert has not yet been disciplined and matured by afflictions and temptations. Contrast Ac 21:16, "an old disciple."

lifted up with pride—Greek, literally, "wrapt in smoke," so that, inflated with self-conceit and exaggerated ideas of his own importance, he cannot see himself or others in the true light (1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 3:4).

condemnation of the devil—into the same condemnation as Satan fell into (1Ti 3:7; 2Ti 2:26). Pride was the cause of Satan's condemnation (Job 38:15; Isa 14:12-15; Joh 12:31; 16:11; 2Pe 2:4; Jude 6). It cannot mean condemnation or accusation on the part of the devil. The devil may bring a reproach on men (1Ti 3:7), but he cannot bring them into condemnation, for he does not judge, but is judged [Bengel].

1 Timothy 3:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Qualifications for Overseers
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. 7And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Cross References
1 Timothy 3:7
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

1 Timothy 6:4
they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions

2 Timothy 3:4
treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--
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Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

novice. or, one newly come to the faith.

1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to …

Hebrews 5:12,13 For when for the time you ought to be teachers…

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may …

lest.

Deuteronomy 8:14 Then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, which …

Deuteronomy 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and that he turn …

2 Kings 14:10 You have indeed smitten Edom, and your heart has lifted you up: glory …

2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: …

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to …

Proverbs 16:18,19 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall…

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud …

1 Corinthians 4:6-8 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself …

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have …

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance …

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of …

the condemnation.

Isaiah 14:12-14 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how …

Luke 10:18 And he said to them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down …

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their …

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