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1 Timothy 3:4

New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995) [2]
— [He must be] one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity
King James Version (KJV 1769) [2]
— One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
English Revised Version (ERV 1885)
— one that ruleth well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;
American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— one that ruleth well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— conducting his own house well, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Over his own house, presiding, well, having, children, in submission, with all dignity;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all chastity.
Geneva Bible (GNV 1560)
— One that can rule his owne house honestly, hauing children vnder obedience with all honestie.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— One that ruleth well his owne house, hauing his children in subiection with all grauitie.
Lamsa Bible (1957)
— One who rules well his own household and keeps his children under submission to bring them up with all purity.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— and (one who) ruleth his house well, holding his children in subjection with all purity.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and one that guideth well his own house, and holdeth his children in subjection with all purity.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
One that ruleth 4291
{4291} Prime
From G4253 and G2476; to stand before, that is, (in rank) to preside, or (by implication) to practise.
<5734> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle (See G5785)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 111
well 2573
{2573} Prime
Adverb from G2570; well (usually morally).
his own 2398
{2398} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; pertaining to self, that is, one's own; by implication private or separate.
house, 3624
{3624} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a dwelling (more or less extensive, literally or figuratively); by implication a family (more or less related, literally or figuratively).
having 2192
{2192} Prime
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
his children 5043
{5043} Prime
From the base of G5098; a child (as produced).
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.
subjection 5292
{5292} Prime
From G5293; subordination.
with 3326
{3326} Prime
A primary preposition (often used adverbially); properly denoting accompaniment; 'amid' (local or causal); modified variously according to the case (genitive case association, or accusative case succession) with which it is joined; occupying an intermediate position between G0575 or G1537 and G1519 or G4314; less intimate than G1722, and less close than G4862).
all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
gravity; 4587
{4587} Prime
From G4586; venerableness, that is, probity.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 3:4

_ _ rulethGreek, “presiding over.”

_ _ his own house — children and servants, as contrasted with “the church” (house) of God (1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 3:15) which he may be called on to preside over.

_ _ having his children — rather as Greek, “having children (who are) in subjection” (Titus 1:6).

_ _ gravity — propriety: reverent modesty on the part of the children [Alford]. The fact that he has children who are in subjection to him in all gravity, is the recommendation in his favor as one likely to rule well the Church.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 3:4

Having his children in subjection with all seriousness — For levity undermines all domestic authority; and this direction, by a parity of reason, belongs to all parents.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
Genesis 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Psalms 101:2-8 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. ... I will early destroy all the wicked of the land; that I may cut off all wicked doers from the city of the LORD.
Acts 10:2 [A] devout [man], and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.


Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.
Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine [shewing] uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
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Chain-Reference Bible SearchCross References with Concordance

Gn 18:19. Jsh 24:15. Ps 101:2. Ac 10:2. Php 4:8. 1Ti 3:12. Tit 1:6; 2:2, 7.

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