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1 Timothy 3:13 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— For they that have used the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— For, they who have ministered well, a good degree for themselves, are acquiring, and great freedom of speech in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that [is] in Christ Jesus.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— For they that have ministered well shall purchase to themselves a good degree and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— For they that haue vsed the office of a Deacon well, purchase to themselues a good degree, and great boldnesse in the faith, [which is] in Christ Iesus.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— For they who minister well, a good degree acquire for themselves, and much openness of face in the faith of Jeshu Meshiha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— For they who serve well [as deacons], procure for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in the faith of Jesus the Messiah.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
For 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
they that have used the office of a deacon 1247
{1247} Prime
From G1249; to be an attendant, that is, wait upon (menially or as a host, friend or [figuratively] teacher); technically to act as a Christian deacon.
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
well 2573
{2573} Prime
Adverb from G2570; well (usually morally).
purchase 4046
{4046} Prime
Middle voice from G4012 and G4160; to make around oneself, that is, acquire (buy).
<5731> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 69
to themselves 1438
{1438} Prime
(Including all the other cases); from a reflexive pronoun otherwise obsolete and the genitive (dative or accusative) of G0846; him (her, it, them, also [in conjunction with the personal pronoun of the other persons] my, thy, our, your) -self (-selves), etc.
a good 2570
{2570} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; properly beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), that is, valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G0018, which is properly intrinsic).
degree, 898
{0898} Prime
From the same as G0899; a step, that is, (figuratively) grade (of dignity).
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
great 4183
{4183} Prime
Including the forms from the alternate 'pollos'; (singular) much (in any respect) or (plural) many; neuter (singular) as adverb largely; neuter (plural) as adverb or noun often, mostly, largely.
boldness 3954
{3954} Prime
From G3956 and a derivative of G4483; all out spokenness, that is, frankness, bluntness, publicity; by implication assurance.
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.
the faith 4102
{4102} Prime
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
which 3588
{3588} Prime

The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
is 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.
Christ 5547
{5547} Prime
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.
Jesus. 2424
{2424} Prime
Of Hebrew origin [H3091]; Jesus (that is, Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 3:13

_ _ purchase to themselves a good degree — literally, “are acquiring ... a ... step.” Understood by many as “a higher step,” that is, promotion to the higher office of presbyter. But ambition of rising seems hardly the motive to faithfulness which the apostle would urge; besides, it would require the comparative, “a better degree.” Then the past aorist participle, “they that used the office of deacon well,” implies that the present verb, “are acquiring to themselves boldness,” is the result of the completed action of using the diaconate well. Also, Paul would not probably hold out to every deacon the prospect of promotion to the presbytery in reward of his service. The idea of moving upwards in Church offices was as yet unknown (compare Romans 12:7, etc.; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11). Moreover, there seems little connection between reference to a higher Church rank and the words “great boldness.” Therefore, what those who have faithfully discharged the diaconate acquire for themselves is “a good standing-place” [Alford] (a well-grounded hope of salvation) against the day of judgment, 1 Timothy 6:19; 1 Corinthians 3:13, 1 Corinthians 3:14 (the figurative meaning of “degree” or “step,” being the degree of worth which one has obtained in the eye of God [Wiesinger]); and boldness (resting on that standing-place”), as well for preaching and admonishing others now (Ephesians 6:19; a firm standing forth for the truth against error), as also especially in relation to God their coming Judge, before whom they may be boldly confident (Acts 24:16; 1 John 2:28; 1 John 3:21; 1 John 4:17; Hebrews 4:16).

_ _ in the faith — rather as Greek, “in faith,” that is, boldness resting on their own faith.

_ _ which is in Christ Jesus — resting in Christ Jesus.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 3:8-13.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 3:13

They purchase a good degree — Or step, toward some higher office. And much boldness — From the testimony of a good conscience.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 3:13

For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good (g) degree, and (h) great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

(g) Honour and estimation.

(h) Bold and assured confidence without fear.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Matthew 25:21 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. ... And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?
Luke 19:17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.

or, ministered,
Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Romans 12:7-8 Or ministry, [let us wait] on [our] ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; ... Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, [let him do it] with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Corinthians 16:15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and [that] they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
Hebrews 6:10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
1 Peter 4:10-11 As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ... If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.


Acts 21:35 And when he came upon the stairs, so it was, that he was borne of the soldiers for the violence of the people.


Acts 6:5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
Acts 6:15 And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Acts 7:1-53 Then said the high priest, Are these things so? ... Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept [it].
Philippians 1:14 And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
1 Thessalonians 2:2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.
2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
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Mt 20:28; 25:21. Lk 16:10; 19:17. Ac 6:5, 8, 15; 7:1; 21:35. Ro 12:7. 1Co 16:15. Php 1:14. 1Th 2:2. 2Ti 2:1. He 6:10. 1P 4:10.

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