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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes
1 Timothy 3



Verse 1

true = faithful. App-150. See 1 Timothy 1:16.

saying. App-121.

If a man = lf (App-118. a)

any one (App-123.)

desire. Greek. oregomai, Here, 1 Timothy 6:10, Hebrews 11:16.

the office, &c. Greek. episkepe. See Acts 1:20.

desireth. Greek. epithemeo, as Hebrews 6:11.

Verse 2

bishop. Greek. episkopos. See Acts 20:28.

blameless. Greek. anepileptos. Only here, 1 Timothy 5:7; 1 Timothy 6:14.


vigilant = sober. Greek. nephalcos. Here, 1 Timothy 3:1, 1 Timothy 2:2.

sober, Greek. sophron. Here, Titus 1:8; Titus 2:2, Titus 2:5. Compare 1 Timothy 2:9, 1 Timothy 2:15, 2 Timothy 1:7. Titus 2:4, Titus 2:6, Titus 2:12.

of good behaviour. Greek. kosmios. See 1 Timothy 2:9.

given to hospitality. Greek. philoxenos Here; Titus 1:8. 1 Peter 4:9. Compare Romans 12:13.

apt to teach. Greek. didaktikos. Here and 2 Timothy 2:24.

Verse 3

Not. App-105.

given to wine. Greek. paroinos. Here and Titus 1:7,

no striker = not (Greek. me) a striker (Greek. plektes. Here and Titus 1:7).

not greedy, &c. The texts omit, the idea being expressed at the and of the verse.

patient. Greek. epieikes. See Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:5,

not a brawler = not contentious. Greek. amachos. Here and Titus 3:2.

not covetous = not loving money. Greek. aphilarguros. Here and Hebrews 13:5,

Verse 4

ruleth. Greek.

proistemi. See Romans 12:8.

children. App-108.

in. Greek. en App-104.

subjection. See 1 Timothy 2:11, with. App-104.

gravity. See "honesty", 1 Timothy 2:2.

Verse 5

know. App-132.

not. App-105.

take care of, Greek. epimeleomai. Only here and Luke 10:34, Luke 10:35,

church. App-186.

God, App-98.

Verse 6

novice. Greek. neophutos. Only here.

lest = in order

that (Greek. hind). not (Greek. me).

lifted up, &c. = puffed up. Greek. tuphoomai. Here, 1 Timothy 6:4. 2 Timothy 3:4. The noun tuphos means smoke. Compare Matthew 12:20,

into. App-104.

condemnation. App-177.

Verse 7

Moreover = But.

report = testimony. Add "Also". of. App-104.

reproach. Greek. oneidissmos. See Romans 15:3.

snare. Greek. pagis. Here, 1 Timothy 6:19. Luke 21:25. Romans 11:9. 2 Timothy 2:6.

Verse 8

deacons. App-100.

grave. Greek. senreos, Seo Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:8. doubletongued. Greek. diiodos. Only here.

greedy, &c. (Greek. aischroksedes. Here and Titus 1:7. Compare 1 Peter 5:2.

Verse 9

mystery. App-193.

faith. App-160.

Verse 10

proved = tested.

use, &c. = serve. App-190.

blameless. Greek. anenkletos. See 1 Corinthians 1:8.

Verse 11

slanderers. Greek. diabolos, adjective sober. Same as "vigilant", 1 Timothy 3:2.

faithful. Same as "true", 1 Timothy 3:1.

Verse 13

have. Omit.

purchase. Greek. peripoieoleai. See Acts 20:28.

degree. Greek. bathmos. Only here.

boldness. Greek. parrhesia. Trnnsl. "freely", in Acts 2:29.

Christ Jesus. App-98.

Verse 14

unto. = to.

unto. App-104.

Verse 15

if. App-118.

tarry long = delay. Greek. braduno. Here and 2 Peter 3:9.

that = in order that. Greek. Heir,

behave thyself. Greek. anastrepho. See 2 Corinthians 1:12. An alternative reading, as Revised Version, "how men ought to behave themselves".

pillar. Greek. stulos. See Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:9.

ground Greek. hedraiomo Only here.

Verse 16

without controversy = confessedly. Greek. homologoumenos. Only here.

great. Emph.

godliness. See 1 Timothy 2:2.

God. The Revised Version prints "He Who", and adds in margin, "Theos (God) rests on no sufficient evidence". The probability is that the original rending was ho (which), with the Syric and all the Latin Versions, to agree withmusterion (neut.) The Greek uncial being O, some scribe added the letter s, making OC (He Who), which ho thought made better sense. Later another put a ark in this O, making the word OC, the contraction for OEOC, God. This mark in Codex A, in the British Museum, is said by some to be in different ink.

was manifest. App-106.

the. Omit.

justified. App-191.

Spirit. App-101.

seen. App-106.

preached. App-121.

unto = among. Greek. en. App-104.

believed on. App-150.

world. App-129.

received up. Same word as Mark 16:19. Acts 1:2, Acts 1:11, Acts 1:22.

Into = in. Greek. en.

glory, See p. 1611.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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