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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament
1 Timothy 3



Verse 1

A bishop; literally, an overseer, an officer holding a general charge and superintendence in respect to the affairs of the church, with powers and duties adapted, in many respects, doubtless, to the peculiar circumstances and habits of the times.

Verse 2

The husband of one wife; chaste.

Verse 3

Greedy of filthy lucre; eager after gain.

Verse 6

Not a novice; not a very recent convert to Christianity.

Verse 7

Of them which are without; of the people of the world in general.

Verse 8

Not double-tongued; that is, they must be honest and sincere.

Verse 9

The mystery of the faith; the gospel,--often spoken of as a mystery, on account of its having been long withheld from the knowledge of mankind.

Verse 10

Let these also first be proved; by time. As in the case of bishops, (1 Timothy 3:6,) they should not be novices.

Verse 12

Husbands of one wife; chaste.--Houses; families.

Verse 13

A good degree; a good standing and estimation.

Verse 15

In the house of God; in the church,--as is immediately indicated.--Ground; foundation.

Verse 16

Manifest in the flesh; in the person of Christ. (John 1:1,14.) Justified in; vindicated by.


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Abbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:4". "Abbott's Illustrated New Testament". 1878.

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Monday, October 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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