1 Timothy 3:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

New Living Translation
They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.

English Standard Version
They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Berean Study Bible
They must hold to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Berean Literal Bible
holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

New American Standard Bible
but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

King James Bible
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

International Standard Version
They must hold firmly to the secret of the faith with clear consciences.

NET Bible
holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But they should hold the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They must have clear consciences about possessing the mystery of the Christian faith.

New American Standard 1977
but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

Jubilee Bible 2000
holding the mystery of the faith together with a pure conscience.

King James 2000 Bible
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

American King James Version
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

American Standard Version
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Holding the mystery of faith in a pure conscience.

Darby Bible Translation
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

English Revised Version
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Webster's Bible Translation
Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Weymouth New Testament
but holding the secret truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

World English Bible
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

Young's Literal Translation
having the secret of the faith in a pure conscience,
Study Bible
Qualifications for Deacons
8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued or given to much wine or greedy for money. 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.…
Word Study

To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

From a derivative of muo; a secret or "mystery".

The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.

In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; "in, " at, on, by, etc.

Clean.

The conscience, a persisting notion. From a prolonged form of suneido; co-perception, i.e. Moral consciousness.

A primary particle; but, and, etc.

This; he, she, it.

Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
1 Timothy 3:8
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