Titus 1:6
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 but one wife, having children who are believers and who 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.

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

New King James Version
if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.

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

NASB 1995
namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion.

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

Amplified Bible
namely, a man of unquestionable integrity, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of being immoral or rebellious.

Christian Standard Bible
An elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, with faithful children who are not accused of wildness or rebellion.

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

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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
they must have a good reputation and be faithful in marriage. Their children must be followers of the Lord and not have a reputation for being wild and disobedient.

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

Good News Translation
an elder must be without fault; he must have only one wife, and his children must be believers and not have the reputation of being wild or disobedient.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
if anyone is blameless, a husband of one wife, having believing children, not under accusation of riotous living or insubordinate—

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.

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 --

Additional Translations ...
Context
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 but one wife, having children who are believers and who 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.

1 Timothy 3:2-7
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; …

the husband.

Leviticus 21:7,14
They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God…

Ezekiel 44:22
Neither shall they take for their wives a widow, nor her that is put away: but they shall take maidens of the seed of the house of Israel, or a widow that had a priest before.

Malachi 2:15
And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.

having.

Genesis 18:19
For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.

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

1 Samuel 3:12,13
In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end…

not.

Proverbs 28:7
Whoso keepeth the law is a wise son: but he that is a companion of riotous men shameth his father.

or.

Titus 1:10
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:

1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.









(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 mediaeval 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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[An elder must]
εἴ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

be
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

blameless,
ἀνέγκλητος (anenklētos)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 410: Irreproachable, blameless. Unaccused, i.e. irreproachable.

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

of 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.

having
ἔχων (echōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

children
τέκνα (tekna)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 5043: A child, descendent, inhabitant. From the base of timoria; a child.

who are believers
πιστά (pista)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 4103: Trustworthy, faithful, believing. From peitho; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful.

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

open to
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

accusation
κατηγορίᾳ (katēgoria)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2724: An accusation, charge. From kategoros; a complaint, i.e. Criminal charge.

of indiscretion
ἀσωτίας (asōtias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 810: Wantonness, profligacy, wastefulness. From a compound of a and a presumed derivative of sozo; properly, unsavedness, i.e. profligacy.

or
(ē)
Conjunction
Strong's 2228: Or, than. A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.

insubordination.
ἀνυπότακτα (anypotakta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's 506: Not subject to rule, unruly. Unsubdued, i.e. Insubordinate.


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