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1 Timothy 3:7 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— And he must have a good reputation with those outside [the church], so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Moreover, he must have a good report of them who are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— It is needful, moreover, to have, an honourable testimony also, from them who are without, lest, into reproach, he fall, and the snare of the adversary.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Moreover, he must have a good testimony of them who are without: lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Moreouer, hee must haue a good report of them which are without, lest he fall into reproch, and the snare of the deuill.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But it is needful that he have also a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach, and into the net of Satana.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And there ought to be good testimony of him from those without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of Satan.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Moreover 1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
y2532
[2532] Standard
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
he 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
must 1163
{1163} Prime
δεῖ
dei
{die}
Third person singular active present of G1210; also δεόν [[deon]], {deh-on'}; which is neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding).
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
x2532
(2532) Complement
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
have 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
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).
z5721
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
a good 2570
{2570} Prime
καλός
kalos
{kal-os'}
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).
report 3141
{3141} Prime
μαρτυρία
marturia
{mar-too-ree'-ah}
From G3144; evidence given (judicially or generally).
of 575
{0575} Prime
ἀπό
apo
{ap-o'}
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
them which are without; 1855
{1855} Prime
ἔξωθεν
exothen
{ex'-o-then}
From G1854; external (-ly).
lest 3363
{3363} Prime
ἵνα με
hina me
{hin'-ah may}
That is, G2443 and G3361; in order (or so) that not.
he fall 1706
{1706} Prime
ἐμπίπτω
empipto
{em-pip'-to}
From G1722 and G4098; to fall on, that is, (literally) be entrapped by, or (figuratively) be overwhelmed with.
z5632
<5632> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 449
into 1519
{1519} Prime
εἰς
eis
{ice}
A primary preposition; to or into (indicating the point reached or entered), of place, time, or (figuratively) purpose (result, etc.); also in adverbial phrases.
reproach 3680
{3680} Prime
ὀνειδισμός
oneidismos
{on-i-dis-mos'}
From G3679; contumely.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
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.
the snare 3803
{3803} Prime
παγίς
pagis
{pag-ece'}
From G4078; a trap (as fastened by a noose or notch); figuratively a trick or stratagem (temptation).
of the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
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
διάβολος
diabolos
{dee-ab'-ol-os}
From G1225; a traducer; specifically Satan (compare [H7854]).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Timothy 3:7

_ _ a good reportGreek, “testimony.” So Paul was influenced by the good report given of Timothy to choose him as his companion (Acts 16:2).

_ _ of them which are without — from the as yet unconverted Gentiles around (1 Corinthians 5:12; Colossians 4:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:12), that they may be the more readily won to the Gospel (1 Peter 2:12), and that the name of Christ may be glorified. Not even the former life of a bishop should be open to reproach [Bengel].

_ _ reproach and the snare of the devilreproach of men (1 Timothy 5:14) proving the occasion of his falling into the snare of the devil (1 Timothy 6:9; Matthew 22:15; 2 Timothy 2:26). The reproach continually surrounding him for former sins might lead him into the snare of becoming as bad as his reputation. Despair of recovering reputation might, in a weak moment, lead some into recklessness of living (Jeremiah 18:12). The reason why only moral qualities of a general kind are specified is, he presupposes in candidates for a bishopric the special gifts of the Spirit (1 Timothy 4:14) and true faith, which he desires to be evidenced outwardly; also he requires qualifications in a bishop not so indispensable in others.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Timothy 3:1-7.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Timothy 3:7

He ought also to have a good report — To have had a fair character in time past. From them that are without — That are not Christians. Lest he fall into reproach — By their rehearsing his former life, which might discourage and prove a snare to him.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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a good:

1 Timothy 5:24-25 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some [men] they follow after. ... Likewise also the good works [of some] are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
1 Samuel 2:24 Nay, my sons; for [it is] no good report that I hear: ye make the LORD'S people to transgress.
Acts 6:3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee.
Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelt [there],
3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all [men], and of the truth itself: yea, and we [also] bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

them:

1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?
Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and [that] ye may have lack of nothing.

lest:

1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:
2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
Titus 2:5 [To be] discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Titus 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
1 Peter 4:14-16 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. ... Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

the snare:

1 Timothy 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
2 Timothy 2:26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
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