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This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) °
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:2 one wife. Both bishops and deacons (I Timothy 3:12) must be monogamous and permanent in their marriages, in accord with God’s primeval command, as reinforced by Christ (Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:3-8).


3:2 apt to teach. It is vital that a bishop (same office as pastor) have the gift of teaching God’s Word. This is not mentioned as a requirement for deacons.


3:6 Not a novice. See I Timothy 5:22. A bishop must be an “elder”—that is, a man older and more mature in Christian faith and life.


3:6 condemnation of the devil. Pride is thus identified as the worst sin of all, as it was the very sin which caused Lucifer to fall and become Satan, the Devil (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:14-18). Pride, of course, is essentially identical with the arrogance of rejecting God’s Word.


3:7 snare of the devil. There are five times in the New Testament when believers are warned about a “snare.” In addition to this verse, see also: Luke 21:35; Romans 11:9; I Timothy 6:9; II Timothy 2:26.


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