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1 Timothy 3:11 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Women in like manner [must be] grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Women [must] likewise [be] dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— [The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Wives, in the same way,—dignified, not given to intrigue, sober, faithful in all things.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Women—in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The women in like manner: chaste, not slanderers, but sober, faithful in all things.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Euen so must their wiues be graue; not slanderers, sober, faithfull in all things.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Thus also must the woman be chaste, and they shall be vigilant (in their) minds, and faithful in every thing; and they shall not be accusers.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— So also should the wives be chaste and of vigilant minds; and they should be faithful in all things; and they should not be slanderers.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Even so 5615
{5615} Prime
From G5613 and an adverb from G0846; as thus, that is, in the same way.
[must their] wives 1135
{1135} Prime
Probably from the base of G1096; a woman; specifically a wife.
[be] grave, 4586
{4586} Prime
From G4576; venerable, that is, honorable.
not 3361
{3361} Prime
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
slanderers, 1228
{1228} Prime
From G1225; a traducer; specifically Satan (compare [H7854]).
sober, 3524
{3524} Prime
From G3525; sober, that is, (figuratively) circumspect.
faithful 4103
{4103} Prime
From G3982; objectively trustworthy; subjectively trustful.
in 1722
{1722} Prime
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
all things. 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 3:11

_ _ their wives — rather, “the women,” that is, the deaconesses. For there is no reason that special rules should be laid down as to the wives of the deacons, and not also as to the wives of the bishops or overseers. Moreover, if the wives of the deacons were meant, there seems no reason for the omission of “their” (not in the Greek). Also the Greek for “even so” (the same as for “likewise,” 1 Timothy 3:8, and “in like manner,” 1 Timothy 2:9), denotes a transition to another class of persons. Further, there were doubtless deaconesses at Ephesus, such as Phoebe was at Cenchrea (Romans 16:1, “servant,” Greek, “deaconess”), yet no mention is made of them in this Epistle if not here; whereas, supposing them to be meant here, the third chapter embraces in due proportion all the persons in the service of the Church. Naturally after specifying the qualifications of the deacon, Paul passes to those of the kindred office, the deaconess. “Grave” occurs in the case of both. “Not slanderers” here, answers to “not double-tongued” in the deacons; so “not false accusers” (Titus 2:3). “Sober” here answers to “not given to much wine,” in the case of the deacons (1 Timothy 3:8). Thus it appears he requires the same qualifications in female deacons as in deacons, only with such modifications as the difference of sex suggested. Pliny, in his celebrated letter to Trajan, calls them “female ministers.”

_ _ faithful in all things — of life as well as faith. Trustworthy in respect to the alms committed to them and their other functions, answering to “not greedy of filthy lucre,” 1 Timothy 3:8, in the case of the deacons.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 3:11

Faithful in all things — Both to God, their husbands, and the poor.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 3:11

(4) Even so [must their] wives [be] grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

(4) Regard must also be had for the pastor's and deacon's wives.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Leviticus 21:7 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.
Leviticus 21:13-15 And he shall take a wife in her virginity. ... Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the LORD do sanctify him.
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.
Luke 1:5-6 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth. ... And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;


1 Timothy 3:4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;


Psalms 15:3 [He that] backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.
Psalms 50:20 Thou sittest [and] speakest against thy brother; thou slanderest thine own mother's son.
Psalms 101:5 Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
Proverbs 10:18 He that hideth hatred [with] lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, [is] a fool.
Proverbs 25:13 As the cold of snow in the time of harvest, [so is] a faithful messenger to them that send him: for he refresheth the soul of his masters.
Jeremiah 9:4 Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders.
Matthew 4:1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
John 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that [they be] in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
Revelation 12:9-10 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. ... And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.


1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
1 Thessalonians 5:6-8 Therefore let us not sleep, as [do] others; but let us watch and be sober. ... But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:


1 Timothy 1:12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.
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