New International Version
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
King James Bible
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Darby Bible Translation
But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.
World English Bible
Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Young's Literal Translation
and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The sixteenth requisite is, that he should have a good report of them which are without - That he should be one who had not been previously a profligate, or scandalous in his life. Such a person, when converted, may be a worthy private member of religious society; but I believe God rarely calls such to the work of the ministry, and never to the episcopate. Them that are without are the Jews, Gentiles, and the unconverted of all kinds. For the meaning of this term see the note on Colossians 4:5.
Lest he fall into reproach - For his former scandalous life.
And the snare of the devil - Snares and temptations, such as he fell in and fell by before. This is called the snare of the devil; for, as he well knows the constitution of such persons, and what is most likely to prevail, he infers that what was effectual before to their transgressing may be so still; therefore on all suitable occasions he tempts them to their old sins. Backsliders in general fall by those sins to which they were addicted previously to their conversion. Former inveterate habits will revive in him who does not continue to deny himself, and watch unto prayer.
The snare of the devil. - Some would translate παγιδα του διαβολου, the snare of the accuser; and they give the same meaning to the word in 1 Timothy 3:6, because it is evident that διαβολους has that meaning, 1 Timothy 3:11, and our translators render it slanderers. Now, though διαβολος signifies an accuser, yet I do not see that it can, with any propriety, be restrained to this meaning in the texts in question, and especially as the word is emphatically applied to Satan himself; for he who, in Revelation 12:10, is called the accuser of the brethren, is, in Revelation 12:9, called the great dragon, the old serpent, the Devil, διαβολος, and Satan.
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For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.
1 Timothy 3:6
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
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and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.
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