Titus 1:6
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New International Version
An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.

New Living Translation
An elder must live a blameless life. He must be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who don't have a reputation for being wild or rebellious.

English Standard Version
if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.

Berean Study Bible
An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who are believers and are not open to accusation of indiscretion or insubordination.

Berean Literal Bible
if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having believing children, not under accusation of debauchery, or insubordinate.

New American Standard Bible
namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.

King James Bible
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
one who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of wildness or rebellion.

International Standard Version
An elder must be blameless. He must be the husband of one wife and have children who are believers and who are not accused of having wild lifestyles or of being rebellious.

NET Bible
An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, with faithful children who cannot be charged with dissipation or rebellion.

New Heart English Bible
if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
One who is without fault and has been the husband of one wife, and has believing children who are not abusive and not insubordinate in immorality.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A spiritual leader must have a good reputation. He must have only one wife and have children who are believers. His children shouldn't be known for having wild lifestyles or being rebellious.

New American Standard 1977
namely, if any man be above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He who is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children who can not be accused of dissoluteness, nor insubordinate.

King James 2000 Bible
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of rebellion or unruly.

American King James Version
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

American Standard Version
if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any be without crime, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.

Darby Bible Translation
if any one be free from all charge [against him], husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of excess or unruly.

English Revised Version
if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children that believe, who are not accused of riot or unruly.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or disorderly.

Weymouth New Testament
wherever there is a man of blameless life, true to his one wife, having children who are themselves believers and are free from every reproach of profligacy or of stubborn self-will.

World English Bible
if anyone is blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, who are not accused of loose or unruly behavior.

Young's Literal Translation
if any one is blameless, of one wife a husband, having children stedfast, not under accusation of riotous living or insubordinate --
Study Bible
Appointing Elders on Crete
5The reason I left you in Crete was that you would set in order what was unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you. 6An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, having children who are believers and are not open to accusation of indiscretion or insubordination. 7As God’s steward, an overseer must be above reproach—not self-absorbed, not quick tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not greedy for money.…
Cross References
Ephesians 5:18
Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to reckless indiscretion. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.

1 Timothy 1:9
We realize that law is not enacted for the righteous, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and profane, for killers of father or mother, for murderers,

1 Timothy 3:2
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Titus 1:10
For many are rebellious and full of empty talk and deception, especially those of the circumcision,
Treasury of Scripture

If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

any. See on

1 Timothy 3:2-7 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, …

the husband.

Leviticus 21:7,14 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…

Malachi 2:15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And …

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

1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children …

having.

Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household …

1 Samuel 2:11,22,29,30 And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister …

1 Samuel 3:12,13 In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken …

1 Timothy 3:4,5 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection …

not.

Proverbs 28:7 Whoever keeps the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of …

or.

Titus 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially …

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the …

(6) If any be blameless.--The candidate for the holy office must have naught laid to his charge; he must be of such a character that no one could bring a reasonable accusation against him. Blameless must be his life, spotless his name. As it has been well said, "the office of presbyter must never be allowed to cover or condone damaged reputations."

The husband of one wife.--See Notes on 1Timothy 3:2.

Having faithful children.--Better, believing children. In searching out these presbyters, whose charge would involve so many and such responsible duties, Titus must look for men of ripe age. There were even grave objections to the appointment of the comparatively young to this office. We have seen how anxious St. Paul was for Timothy, his well-known and trusted friend, on account of his want of years. Timothy must have been at least approaching forty years of age when St. Paul warned him so earnestly of his behaviour and his life, "Let no man despise thy youth." These presiding Cretan elders should be married men, with children already, so to speak, grown up.

These requirements evidently show that Christianity had been established in Crete for a very considerable period. We must remember some thirty-three years had passed since that memorable Pentecost feast of Jerusalem, when "Cretes" were among the hearers of those marvellous utterances of the Spirit. Besides the children of the candidates for the presbyter's office being professing Christians, they must also be free from all suspicion of profligacy.

Not accused of riot.--More accurately rendered, dissoluteness. The Greek word here rendered "riot" implies a self-indulgent or even a reckless expenditure. Such careless selfishness well-nigh always ends in profligacy. In the case of men whose duties included the superintendence of the Church's funds, it was imperatively necessary that their homes and families should be free from all suspicion of anything like that reckless waste or extravagance which in so many cases imperceptibly passes into dissoluteness and profligacy.

Or unruly.--That is, disobedient to their parents. If the presbyter was incapable of teaching his own children obedience and order, what hope was there that his influence would be of any value with his flock? All these early instructions to the master-builders whose task it was to lay the early storeys of the Christian Temple are very decisive as to the state of St. Paul's mind; and we must not forget whence St. Paul directly drew his wisdom. The Apostles of the Lord never seem to have thought of the Christian priesthood of the future developing into a caste or order. Anything more diametrically opposed to the medival notion of church government than the Pastoral Epistles can hardly be imagined. The writer of the Epistles to Timothy and to Titus never dreamed of building up a priestly order with views, thoughts, hopes, and joys differing from those of the ordinary worker of the world. St. Paul's presbyters were to be chosen, among other qualities, for the white and blameless lives of their families. The presbyter's home in Crete and Ephesus must supply a fair pattern for the many other Christian homes in that luxurious, dissolute age in which Titus lived.

Verse 6. - Any man is for any be, A.V.; children that believe for faithful children, A.V.; who are not for not, A.V. Blameless (ἀνέγκλητος); see 1 Timothy 3:10, note. The husband of one wife (see 1 Timothy 3:2, note). Having children that believe (see 1 Timothy 3:4). Mark the importance given to the "elder's" family as well as to his personal character. Not accused (μὴ ἐν κατηγορίᾳ κ.τ.λ..); literally, not under an accusation (see 1 Timothy 5:19). Riot (ἀσωτίας); see Ephesians 5:18; 1 Peter 4:4; Luke 15:13. Used in Plato and Aristotle for "debauchery" or "profligacy," with the kindred words ἄσωτος ἀσωτεύομαι, etc. Unruly (ἀνυπότακτα); ver. 10 and 1 Timothy 1:9, note (comp. 1 Timothy 3:4, where the children are required to be ἀν ὑποταγῇ, "under rule," in subjection). If any be blameless,.... In his outward life and conversation, not chargeable with any notorious crime; See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:2,

the husband of one wife; See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:2,

having faithful children; legitimate ones, born in lawful wedlock, in the same sense as such are called godly and holy, in Malachi 2:15 1 Corinthians 7:14 for by faithful children cannot be meant converted ones, or true believers in Christ; for it is not in the power of men to make their children such; and their not being so can never be an objection to their being elders, if otherwise qualified; at most the phrase can only intend, that they should be brought up in the faith, in the principles, doctrines, and ways of Christianity, or in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Not accused of riot; or chargeable with sins of uncleanness and intemperance, with rioting and drunkenness, chambering and wantonness; or with such crimes as Eli's sons were guilty of, from which they were not restrained by their father, and therefore the priesthood was removed from the family: "or unruly" not subject, but disobedient to their parents; See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:4. See Gill on 1 Timothy 3:5. 6. (Compare Notes, see on [2517]1Ti 3:2-4.) The thing dwelt on here as the requisite in a bishop, is a good reputation among those over whom he is to be set. The immorality of the Cretan professors rendered this a necessary requisite in one who was to be a reprover: and their unsoundness in doctrine also made needful great steadfastness in the faith (Tit 1:9, 13).

having faithful children—that is, believing children. He who could not bring his children to faith, how shall he bring others? [Bengel]. Alford explains, "established in the faith."

not accused—not merely not riotous, but "not (even) accused of riot" ("profligacy" [Alford]; "dissolute life" [Wahl]).

unruly—insubordinate; opposed to "in subjection" (1Ti 3:4).1:5-9 The character and qualification of pastors, here called elders and bishops, agree with what the apostle wrote to Timothy. Being such bishops and overseers of the flock, to be examples to them, and God's stewards to take care of the affairs of his household, there is great reason that they should be blameless. What they are not to be, is plainly shown, as well as what they are to be, as servants of Christ, and able ministers of the letter and practice of the gospel. And here are described the spirit and practice becoming such as should be examples of good works.
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