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1 Timothy 3:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— [and] not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Not a new convert, lest, being beclouded, into the sentence of the adversary, he fall;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Not a neophyte: lest, being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Not a nouice, lest being lifted vp with pride, hee fall into the condemnation of the deuill.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Neither shall his discipleship be recent, lest he be lifted up, and fall into the judgment of Satana.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Neither let him be of recent discipleship; lest he be uplifted, and fall into the condemnation of Satan.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
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.
a novice, 3504
{3504} Prime
From G3501 and a derivative of G5453; newly planted, that is, (figuratively) a young convert ('neophyte').
lest 3363
{3363} Prime
ἵνα με
hina me
{hin'-ah may}
That is, G2443 and G3361; in order (or so) that not.
being lifted up with pride 5187
{5187} Prime
From a derivative of G5188; to envelop with smoke, that is, (figuratively) to inflate with self conceit.
<5685> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 215
he fall 1706
{1706} Prime
From G1722 and G4098; to fall on, that is, (literally) be entrapped by, or (figuratively) be overwhelmed with.
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
into 1519
{1519} Prime
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
the condemnation 2917
{2917} Prime
From G2919; a decision (the function or the effect, for or against ['crime']).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
devil. 1228
{1228} Prime
From G1225; a traducer; specifically Satan (compare [H7854]).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 3:6

_ _ not a novice — one just converted. This proves the Church of Ephesus was established now for some time. The absence of this rule in the Epistle to Titus, accords with the recent planting of the Church at Crete. Greek,neophyte,” literally, “a young plant”; luxuriantly verdant (Romans 6:5; Romans 11:17; 1 Corinthians 3:6). The young convert has not yet been disciplined and matured by afflictions and temptations. Contrast Acts 21:16, “an old disciple.”

_ _ lifted up with prideGreek, literally, “wrapt in smoke,” so that, inflated with self-conceit and exaggerated ideas of his own importance, he cannot see himself or others in the true light (1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:4).

_ _ condemnation of the devil — into the same condemnation as Satan fell into (1 Timothy 3:7; 2 Timothy 2:26). Pride was the cause of Satan’s condemnation (Job 38:15; Isaiah 14:12-15; John 12:31; John 16:11; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6). It cannot mean condemnation or accusation on the part of the devil. The devil may bring a reproach on men (1 Timothy 3:7), but he cannot bring them into condemnation, for he does not judge, but is judged [Bengel].

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 3:6

Lest being puffed up — With this new honour, or with the applause which frequently follows it. He fall into the condemnation of the devil — The same into which the devil fell.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Timothy 3:6

Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the (d) condemnation of the devil.

(d) Lest by reason that he is advanced to that position, he takes occasion to be proud, which will undo him, and so he fall into the same condemnation that the devil himself has fallen into.

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or, one newly come to the faith,
1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, [even] as unto babes in Christ.
Hebrews 5:12-13 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. ... For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:


Deuteronomy 8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deuteronomy 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left: to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
2 Kings 14:10 Thou hast indeed smitten Edom, and thine heart hath lifted thee up: glory [of this], and tarry at home: for why shouldest thou meddle to [thy] hurt, that thou shouldest fall, [even] thou, and Judah with thee?
2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to [his] destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.
2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit [done] unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.
Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. ... Better [it is to be] of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.
Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour [is] humility.
Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.
Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts [shall be] upon every [one that is] proud and lofty, and upon every [one that is] lifted up; and he shall be brought low:
1 Corinthians 4:6-8 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. ... Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.
1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

the condemnation:

Isaiah 14:12-14 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! [how] art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! ... I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Luke 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
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