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1 Timothy 3:4

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect.

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Commentaries:

- Clarke Commentary;   Birdgeway Bible Commentary;   Coffman Commentaries;   Barne's Notes;   Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes;   Calvin's Commentary;   Cambridge Greek Testament;   Chuck Smith Commentary;   Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible ;   Constable's Expository Notes;   Daily Study Bible;   Darby's Synopsis;   Dunagan Commentary;   Ellicott's Commentary;   Expositor's Greek Testament;   Family Bible New Testament;   Hole's Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Gaebelein's Annotated;   Morgan's Biblical Exposition;   Gill's Exposition;   Godbey's NT Commentary;   Gary Hampton Commentary;   Everett's Study Notes;   Alford's Commentary;   Haydock's Catholic Commentary;   Meyer's Commentary;   Mahan's Commentary;   The Bible Study New Testament;   Ironside's Notes;   Bengel's Gnomon;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory;   Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged;   The People's Bible;   Sutcliffe's Commentary;   Trapp's Commentary;   Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible;   Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures;   Grant's Commentary;   Henry's Complete;   Henry's Concise;   Poole's Annotations;   Pett's Bible Commentary;   Peake's Bible Commentary;   Preacher's Homiletical Commentary;   Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary;   People's New Testament;   Benson's Commentary;   Robertson's Word Pictures;   Schaff's New Testament Commentary;   Biblical Illustrator;   Coke's Commentary;   Expositor's Bible;   Pulpit Commentaries;   Treasury of Knowledge;   Vincent's Studies;   Burkitt's Notes;   Wesley's Notes;   Whedon's Commentary;  

Concordances:

- Nave's Topical Bible - Bishop;   Children;   Church;   Commandments;   Family;   Minister, Christian;   Parents;   Scofield Reference Index - Holy Spirit;   Sanctification;   Thompson Chain Reference - Children;   Duty;   Fathers;   Home;   Leaders;   Ministers;   Parental;   Religious;   Social Duties;   The Topic Concordance - Bishop;   Drunkenness;   Sobriety;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Families;   Ministers;   Parents;  

Dictionaries:

- Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Elder;   Family;   House;   Wife;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Church, the;   Elder;   Ministry, Minister;   Overseer;   Teach, Teacher;   Timothy, First and Second, Theology of;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Deacon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Bishop;   Synagogue;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Bishop;   Church;   Elder;   Offices in the New Testament;   Respect of Persons;   Titus, Epistle to;   1 Timothy;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Bishop;   Church Government;   Deacon;   Minister;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Bishop, Elder, Presbyter;   Clement of Rome, Epistle of;   Family;   Grave Gravity ;   Home;   Marriage;   Obedience;   Timothy and Titus Epistles to;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Bishop;  

Encyclopedias:

- International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Gravity;   Spiritual Gifts;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Bishop;  

Devotionals:

- Every Day Light - Devotion for December 1;  

Parallel Translations

The Amplified Bible
He must rule his own household well, keeping his children under control, with true dignity, commanding their respect in every way and keeping them respectful.

The Complete Jewish Bible
He must manage his own household well, having children who obey him with all proper respect;

American Standard Version
one that ruleth well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;

Bible in Basic English
Ruling his house well, having his children under control with all serious behaviour;

English Revised Version
one that ruleth well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;

Contemporary English Version
Church officials must be in control of their own families, and they must see that their children are obedient and always respectful.

English Standard Version
He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,

Darby's Translation
conducting his own house well, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;

Easy-to-Read Version
He must be a good leader of his own family. This means that his children obey him with full respect.

The Geneva Bible (1587)
One yt can rule his owne house honestly, hauing children vnder obedience wt all honestie.

The Bishop's Bible (1568)
One that ruleth well his owne house, hauyng chyldren in subiection, with all grauitie.

King James Version (1611)
One that ruleth well his owne house, hauing his children in subiection with all grauitie.

New Revised Standard
He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way -

Douay-Rheims Bible
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.

New Century Version
He must be a good family leader, having children who cooperate with full respect.

James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta
and one that guideth well his own house, and holdeth his children in subjection with all purity.

Wesley's New Testament (1755)
Ruling his own house well, having his children in subjection with all seriousness.

George Lamsa Translation of the Peshitta
One who rules well his own household, and keeps his children under submission to bring them up with all purity.

Good News Translation
he must be able to manage his own family well and make his children obey him with all respect.

Holman Christian Standard
one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.

Miles Coverdale Bible (1535)
& one that ruleth his awne house honestly, hauynge obedient children with all honestye.

Mace New Testament (1729)
obliging his children to behave with decorum.

J.P. Green Literal Translation
ruling his own house well, having children in subjection with all respect.

New King James
one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence

New Living Translation
He must manage his own family well, with children who respect and obey him.

King James Version
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

New American Standard Version
He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

New Life Version
He should be a good leader in his own home. His children must obey and respect him.

Hebrew Names Version
one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;

International Standard Version
He must manage his own family well and have children who are submissive and respectful in every way.

John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta
and (one who) ruleth his house well, holding his children in subjection with all purity.

The Emphasised Bible
Over his own house, presiding, well, having, children, in submission, with all dignity;

Revised Standard Version
He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way;

Tyndale Bible
and one that rueleth his awne housse honestly havynge chyldren vnder obedience with all honeste.

Updated Bible Version 1.9
one that rules well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;

The Webster Bible
One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

World English Bible
one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;

Weymouth New Testament
but ruling his own household wisely and well, with children kept under control with true dignity.

The Wycliffe Bible (1395)
and haue sones suget with al chastite;

Young's Literal Translation
his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity,

The Message
He must handle his own affairs well, attentive to his own children and having their respect.

Lexham English Bible
managing his own household well, having children in submission with all dignity

Contextual Overview

1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect.5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.

Verse Review

from
Treasury of Scripure Knowledge

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
ruleth
12; Genesis 18:19; Joshua 24:15; Psalms 101:2-8; Acts 10:2; Titus 1:6
with
Philippians 4:8; *Gr:; Titus 2:2,7

Cross-References

Genesis 3:13
Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

Deuteronomy 29:19
When such a person hears the words of this oath and they invoke a blessing on themselves, thinking, “I will be safe, even though I persist in going my own way,” they will bring disaster on the watered land as well as the dry.

2 Kings 1:4
Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’ ” So Elijah went.

2 Kings 1:6
“A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!” ’ ”

2 Kings 1:16
He told the king, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel for you to consult that you have sent messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Because you have done this, you will never leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”

2 Kings 8:10
Elisha answered, “Go and say to him, ‘You will certainly recover.’ Nevertheless,[a] the Lord has revealed to me that he will in fact die.”

Psalms 10:11
He says to himself, “God will never notice; he covers his face and never sees.”

2 Corinthians 2:11
in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.

2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

1 Timothy 2:14
And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

Gill's Notes on the Bible

One that ruleth well his own house,.... His family, wife, children, and servants; and is not to be understood of his body, and of keeping of that under, and of preserving it chaste and temperate, as appears from what follows:

having his children in subjection with all gravity; keeping a good decorum in his family; obliging his children to observe his orders, and especially the rules of God's word; and not as Eli, who did not use his authority, or lay his commands upon his sons, nor restrain them from evil, or severely reprove them for their sins, but neglected them, and was too mild and gentle with them;

1Sa 2:23 3:13 but like Abraham, who not only taught, but commanded his children and his household, to keep the way of the Lord; Genesis 18:19 and so should those act who are in such an office as is here treated of; and should not only rule well in their families, preside over them, go before them, and set an example to them, and keep their children in obedience and subjection; but this should be "with all gravity": not only in the master of the family, but in the children; who as their father is, or should be, should be brought up in, and used to gravity in words and in dress; and in the whole of their deportment and conversation. This may he observed against the Papists, who forbid marriage to the ministers of the Gospel.

Barnes' Notes on the Bible

One that ruleth well his own house - This implies that a minister of the gospel would be, and ought to be, a married man. It is everywhere in the New Testament supposed that he would be a man who could be an example in all the relations of life. The position which he occupies in the church has a strong resemblance to the relation which a father sustains to his household; and a qualification to govern a family well, would be an evidence of a qualification to preside properly in the church. It is probable that, in the early Christian church, ministers were not unfrequently taken from those of mature life, and who were, at the time, at the head of families; and, of course, such would be men who had had an opportunity of showing that they had this qualification for the office. Though, however, this cannot be insisted on now as a “previous” qualification for the office, yet it is still true that, if he has a family, it is a necessary qualification, and that a man in the ministry “should be” one who governs his own house well. A want of this will always be a hindrance to extensive usefulness.

Having his children in subjection with all gravity - This does not mean that his “children” should evince gravity, whatever may be true on that point; but it refers “to the father.” He should be a grave or serious man in his family; a man free from levity of character, and from frivolity and fickleness, in his conversation with his children. It does not mean that he should be severe, stern, morose - which are traits that are often mistaken for gravity, and which are as inconsistent with the proper spirit of a father as frivolity of manner - but that he should be a serious and sober-minded man. He should maintain proper “dignity” ( σεμνότης semnotēs); he should maintain self-respect, and his deportment should be such as to inspire others with respect for him.

Clarke's Notes on the Bible

The fourteenth qualification of a Christian bishop is, that he ruleth well his own house; του ιδιου οικου καλως προΐσταμενον, one who properly presides over and governs his own family. One who has the command, of his own house, not by sternness, severity, and tyranny, but with all gravity; governing his household by rule, every one knowing his own place, and each doing his own work, and each work having the proper time assigned for its beginning and end. This is a maxim of common sense; no family can be prosperous that is not under subjection, and no person can govern a family but the head of it, the husband, who is, both by nature and the appointment of God, the head or governor of his own house. See the note on Ephesians 5:22.


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