1 Timothy 3:12
New International Version
A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.

New Living Translation
A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.

English Standard Version
Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.

Berean Study Bible
A deacon must be the husband of but one wife, a good manager of his children and of his own household.

Berean Literal Bible
Let deacons be husbands of one wife, managing the children and the own households well.

King James Bible
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

New King James Version
Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

New American Standard Bible
Deacons must be husbands of one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

NASB 1995
Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

NASB 1977
Let deacons be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

Amplified Bible
Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

Christian Standard Bible
Deacons are to be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

American Standard Version
Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A Minister should be one who has one wife and leads his children and his household well.

Contemporary English Version
Church officers must be faithful in marriage. They must be in full control of their children and everyone else in their home.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let deacons be the husbands of one wife: who rule well their children, and their own houses.

English Revised Version
Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Good News Translation
A church helper must have only one wife, and be able to manage his children and family well.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A deacon must have only one wife. Deacons must manage their children and their families well.

International Standard Version
Ministers must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.

Literal Standard Version
Servants—let them be husbands of one wife, leading the children well, and their own houses,

NET Bible
Deacons must be husbands of one wife and good managers of their children and their own households.

New Heart English Bible
Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Weymouth New Testament
A deacon must be true to his one wife, and rule his children and his own household wisely and well.

World English Bible
Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

Young's Literal Translation
Ministrants -- let them be of one wife husbands; the children leading well, and their own houses,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Qualifications for Deacons
11In the same way, the women must be dignified, not slanderers, but temperate and faithful in all things. 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.…

Cross References
Philippians 1:1
Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons:

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,

1 Timothy 3:4
An overseer must manage his own household well and keep his children under control, with complete dignity.

1 Timothy 3:8
Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued or given to much wine or greedy for money.


Treasury of Scripture

Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

See on ver.

1 Timothy 3:2,4,5
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; …









(12) Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife.--Here the exact same qualification is to be sought for as in the higher grade of presbyter. The same orderly and decorous household is required now in the case of the deacon, as was to be looked for as qualification for the presiding elder. St. Paul knew well that in the wise yet tender father, Timothy would find the firm yet generous distributor of the Church's alms, the loving and devoted friend of the poor sick.

Verse 12. - Deacons for the deacons, A.V.; husbands for the husbands, A.V. Husbands of one wife (see above, ver. 2, note). Ruling, etc. (προιδτάμενοι); literally, being at the head of, presiding over (see ver. 4, note). In Romans 12:8 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12 it is applied to the spiritual ruler, the ἐπίσκοπος or πρεσβυτερος of the Church. Elsewhere only in the pastoral Epistles (above, vers. 4 and 5; 1 Timothy 5:17; Titus 3:8, 14). Their own houses (above, ver. 5). "Their own" is in contrast to" God's house."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
A deacon
Διάκονοι (Diakonoi)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 1249: Probably from an obsolete diako; an attendant, i.e. a waiter; specially, a Christian teacher and pastor.

must be
ἔστωσαν (estōsan)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] husband
ἄνδρες (andres)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 435: A male human being; a man, husband. A primary word; a man.

of but one
μιᾶς (mias)
Adjective - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1520: One. (including the neuter Hen); a primary numeral; one.

wife,
γυναικὸς (gynaikos)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1135: A woman, wife, my lady. Probably from the base of ginomai; a woman; specially, a wife.

a good
καλῶς (kalōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2573: Well, nobly, honorably, rightly. Adverb from kalos; well.

manager
προϊστάμενοι (proistamenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 4291: From pro and histemi; to stand before, i.e. to preside, or to practise.

[of his] children
τέκνων (teknōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 5043: A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

[of his]
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

own
ἰδίων (idiōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 2398: Pertaining to self, i.e. One's own; by implication, private or separate.

household.
οἴκων (oikōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.


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