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Chapter 3


Update:  2023.04.07


1 Tim. 3:1 (LIT/UBS4) The (ho) Word (logos) [is] [a] believable one (pistos)!


If (ei) anyone (tis) causes himself to stretch (oregetai) [for [a] ministry, v1:12, RE] of [an] episcopacy (episkopēs), he lusts (epithumei) [for, AE] [a] beautiful (kalou) work (ergou).


1 Tim. 3:2 (LIT/UBS4) Therefore (oun), it is required (dei) of the (ton) episcopate (episkopon) to be (einai) irreproachable (anepilēmpton);


[a] male (andra) of one (mias) female (gunaikos);


sober (nēphalion);


whole-thoughted (sōphrona);


orderly (kosmion);


[a] lover of alienated ones (philoxenon);


able to teach (didaktikon);


1 Tim. 3:3 (LIT/UBS4) not (mē) [a] wino (paroinon);


not (mē) [a] hitter (plēktēn), BUT (alla), gentle (epieikē);


[a] non-fighter (amachon);


[a] non-lover of silver (aphilarguron);


(For examples of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and disciples of Christ Jesus NOT selling or bartering the knowledge and things of God for personal gain, or of NOT accepting money or personal gifts for themselves, but rather working with their own hands to provide for their own personal necessary needs, see Mat. 5:42-48, 10:8; Luke 7:19-22, 41-43; Acts 8:9-24, 18:1-3, 20:33-35; Rom. 3:24, 8:32; 1 Cor. 2:12, 4:12, 4:1-13, 9:3-23, 16:1-4; 2 Cor. 11:7, 12:13-19; Eph. 4:28; 1 Thes. 4:11-12; 2 Thes. 3:6-12; 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:11; 3 John 1:6-7; Rev. 21:6, 22:17)


1 Tim. 3:4 (LIT/UBS4) beautifully (kalōs) standing himself before (proistamenon) the (tou) house (oikou) of his own (idiou), holding (echonta) in (en) submission5292 (hupotagē) ones born (tekna) [of him, AE], with (meta) all (pasēs) integrity (semnotētos);


1 Tim. 3:5 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) if (ei) anyone (tis) has absolutely not seen (ouk oiden) to stand before (prostēnai) the (tou) house (oikou) of his own (idiou), how (pōs) <shall> [an] assembly (ekklēsias) of God (theou) be cared over (epimelēsetai)!?);


1 Tim. 3:6 (LIT/UBS4) not (mē) [a] neophyte (neophuton), one having been made [a] cloud of smoke5187 (tuphōtheis), in order that (hina) he may not fall in (mē empesē) into (eis) [a] judicial decision (krima) of the (tou) diabolical one (diabolou)!


1 Tim. 3:7 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) it is required (dei) [of the episcopate, v2, RE] to hold (echein) [a] beautiful (kalēn) witness (marturian) from (apo) the ones (tōn) outside (exōthen), in order that (hina) he may not fall (mē empesē) into (eis) reproach (oneidismon), and (kai) [into, RE] [a] trap (pagida) of the (tou) diabolical one (diabolou).


1 Tim. 3:8 (LIT/UBS4) In the same manner (hōsautōs), ministers (diakonous) be reputable (semnous), not (mē) double-worded1351 (dilogous);


not (mē) paying attention to (prosechontas) much (pollō) wine (oinō);


not (mē) shamefully employed (aischrokerdeis);


1 Tim. 3:9 (LIT/UBS4) ones holding (echontas) the (to) Mystery (mustērion) of the (tēs) Belief (pisteōs) in (en) [a] cleansed (kathara) conscience (suneidēsei).


1 Tim. 3:10 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) these ones (houtoi) also (kai) be proved (dokimazesthōsan) first (prōton).


Thereafter (eita) minister (diakoneitōsan), being (ontes) unquestionable ones (anenklētoi).


1 Tim. 3:11 (LIT/UBS4) In the same manner (hōsautōs) reputable (semnas) females (gunaikas), not (mē) [being] diabolical ones (diabolous);


[being] sober (nēphalious), believable (pistas) in (en) all things (pasin).


1 Tim. 3:12 (LIT/UBS4) Ministers (diakonoi), be (estōsan) males (andres) of one (mias) female (gunaikos);


beautifully (kalōs) standing yourselves before (proistamenoi) [the] born ones (teknōn) [of you, AE] and (kai) the (tōn) house (oikōn) of your own (idiōn).


1 Tim. 3:13 (LIT/UBS4) Because (gar) the ones (hoi) having ministered (diakonēsantes) beautifully (kalōs) cause themselves to peripheralize (peripoiountai) for themselves (heautois) [a] beautiful (kalon) depth (bathmon), and (kai) much (pollēn) boldness (parrēsian) in (en) belief (pistei), the (tē) [belief, RE] in (en) Christ (Christō) Jesus (Iēsou).


1 Tim. 3:14 (LIT/UBS4) I write (graphō) these things (tauta) to you (soi) hoping (elpizōn) to come (elthein) to (pros) you (se) in (en) [a] hurry (tachei).


1 Tim. 3:15 (LIT/UBS4) But (de) if perhaps (ean) I may tarry (bradunō) [it, AE] [is] in order that (hina) you may have seen (eidēs) how (pōs) it is required (dei) to be caused to turn up390 (anastrephesthai) in (en) [the] house (oikō) of God (theou), which (hētis) is (estin) [the] assembly (ekklēsia) of God (theou), [the] living (zōntos) pillar (stulos) and (kai) support (hedraiōma) of the (tēs) Truth (alētheias).


(For what is God’s prophesied true “tent”, his new holy place under his new covenant, the prophesied promise of the Father to place himself into believers to live in them as his new permanent domicile, a true “tent” not built with mortal’s hands but with his own hand, see Ex. 15:17; 2 Sam. 7:5-16; Isa. 8:14; Ezek. 11:16; Joel 2:28-29; Amos 9:11-12; Mat. 3:11, 16:18, 26:61, 27:39-40; Mark 14:58, 15:29; Luke 3:21-22, 24:49; *John 2:19-22, 3:1-, 4:20-24, 7:37-39, 14:2, *23; Acts 1:4-5, 2:16-18, 33, 38-39, *7:44-50, *15:16-18, *17:24, *20:28; *Rom. 8:9-11, 12:4-5; 1 Cor. *3:16-17, *6:19-20, 10:16-17, 12:12-28; *2 Cor. 5:1, *6:16-18; Gal. 3:14, 22; Eph. 1:13-14, 22-23, *2:17-22, 3:6, 4:11-16, 5:30-32; Col. 1:18-27, 2:6-10, 3:15; *1 Thes. 5:9-11; *1 Tim. 3:15; *2 Tim. 1:14; Heb. *3:4-6, 8:2, *9:11-15, *24, 10:21, 36; 1 Pet. 2:4-5; 1 John 4:12-16; Rev. 3:12, 7:15, 11:19, *13:6, *21:3, 22.)


1 Tim. 3:16 (LIT/UBS4) And (kai) confessedly (homologoumenōs), [a] great one (mega) is (estin) the (to) Mysterious one (mustērion) of the (tēs) piety (eusebeias), one who (hos) was manifested (ephanerōthē) in (en) to flesh (sarki);


[one who, ER] was made righteousness (edikaiōthē) in (en) Spirit (pneumati);


[one who, ER] was gazed at (ōphthē) [by, AE] messengers (angelois);


[one who, ER] was preached (ekēruchthē) among (en) ethnic groups (ethnesin);


[one who, ER] was believed (episteuthē) in (en) [the] cosmos (kosmō);


[one who, ER] was taken up (anelēphthē) in (en) to glory (doxē)!


(For an outline of the apparent Christology of the Word/Christ Jesus in the biblical texts, see the note on Mat. 3:17.)