1 Timothy 3:6
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.

Berean Study Bible
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same condemnation as the devil.

Berean Literal Bible
not a novice, lest having been puffed up, he might fall into the judgment 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.

Christian Standard Bible
He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and incur the same condemnation as the devil.

Contemporary English Version
They must not be new followers of the Lord. If they are, they might become proud and be doomed along with the devil.

Good News Translation
He must be mature in the faith, so that he will not swell up with pride and be condemned, as the Devil was.

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
and not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.

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;
Study Bible
Qualifications for Overseers
5For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for the church of God? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same condemnation as the devil. 7Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 3:7
Furthermore, he must have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the snare of the devil.

1 Timothy 6:4
he is conceited and understands nothing. Instead, he has an unhealthy interest in controversies and semantics, out of which come envy, strife, abusive talk, evil suspicions,

2 Timothy 3:4
traitorous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

Treasury of Scripture

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

novice.

1 Corinthians 3:1
And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

Hebrews 5:12,13
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat…

1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

lest.

Deuteronomy 8:14
Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;

Deuteronomy 17:20
That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

2 Kings 14:10
Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory of this, and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to thy hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

the condemnation.

Isaiah 14:12-14
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! …

Luke 10:18
And he said unto 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 to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;







Lexicon
[He must] not [be]
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

a recent convert,
νεόφυτον (neophyton)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3504: From neos and a derivative of phuo; newly planted, i.e. a young convert.

or he may become conceited
τυφωθεὶς (typhōtheis)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5187: From a derivative of tupho; to envelop with smoke, i.e. to inflate with self-conceit.

[and] fall
ἐμπέσῃ (empesē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1706: To fall in, be cast in, be involved in. From en and pipto; to fall on, i.e. to be entrapped by, or be overwhelmed with.

under
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

[ the same ] condemnation
κρίμα (krima)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2917: From krino; a decision ('crime').

as the
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

devil.
διαβόλου (diabolou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1228: From diaballo; a traducer; specially, Satan.
(6) Not a novice.--In the Church of Ephesus, which, when Paul wrote these charges to Timothy, had been established some years, the chief pastor would have for the church office an ample choice of disciples of some considerable standing and experience. The word "novice" here refers rather to want of experience and standing in the Christian brotherhood than to "youth." Timothy himself, to whom St. Paul was writing, and whom the Apostle had placed over this church, was at the time, comparatively speaking, still a man young in years, although old in trials and in Christian experiences.

Lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.--The Greek word rendered here "being lifted up," would be more happily Englished by being clouded or deluded. It marks the pride or vanity engendered by the finding himself in a position of authority for which no previous training and experience had fitted him. Such a "novice" would be in imminent danger of falling into the judgment passed by God upon the devil, whose fall was owing to the same blinding effect of pride.

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. 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.
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