1 Timothy 3:5
New International Version
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

New Living Translation
For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?

English Standard Version
for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?

Berean Study Bible
For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for the church of God?

Berean Literal Bible
but if one does not know how to manage the own household, how will he care for the church of God?--

King James Bible
(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

New King James Version
(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);

New American Standard Bible
(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

NASB 1995
(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),

NASB 1977
(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?);

Amplified Bible
(for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?).

Christian Standard Bible
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?)

Holman Christian Standard Bible
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?)

American Standard Version
(but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For if he does not know how to lead his own household well, how can he lead the Church of God?

Contemporary English Version
If they don't know how to control their own families, how can they look after God's people?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?

English Revised Version
(but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Good News Translation
For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of the church of God?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
(If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)

International Standard Version
For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?

Literal Standard Version
(and if anyone has not known [how] to lead his own house, how will he take care of an assembly of God?)

NET Bible
But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God?

New Heart English Bible
(but if someone does not know how to manage his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?)

Weymouth New Testament


World English Bible
(but if a man doesn't know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the assembly of God?)

Young's Literal Translation
(and if any one his own house how to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)

Additional Translations ...
Context
Qualifications for Overseers
4An overseer must manage his own household well and keep his children under control, with complete dignity. 5For if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he care for the church of God? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same condemnation as the devil.…

Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not become a stumbling block, whether to Jews or Greeks or the church of God--

1 Timothy 3:15
in case I am delayed, so that you will know how each one must conduct himself in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.


Treasury of Scripture

(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

if.

1 Samuel 2:29,30
Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people? …

1 Samuel 3:13
For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.

the church.

1 Timothy 3:15
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Acts 20:28
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Ephesians 1:22
And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,









(5) For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?--The well-ordered household, the decent, modest behaviour, the reverent, affectionate relations between parents and children, between the master and the dependents--these things are to be the test of a man's fitness for holding high office in the public community of believers, for, as Theodoret observes, if a man cannot rule decorously a small community (such as a family), how shall he be judged a fit person to be entrusted with administration in a broader sphere--with duties which have to do with divine things?

Verse 5. - But for for, A.V., knoweth for know, A.V.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[For]
δέ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if
εἰ (ei)
Conjunction
Strong's 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

someone
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

{does} not
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

know
οἶδεν (oiden)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1492: To know, remember, appreciate.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

to manage
προστῆναι (prostēnai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's 4291: From pro and histemi; to stand before, i.e. to preside, or to practise.

[his]
τοῦ (tou)
Article - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

own
ἰδίου (idiou)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2398: Pertaining to self, i.e. One's own; by implication, private or separate.

household,
οἴκου (oikou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 3624: A dwelling; by implication, a family.

[how] can he care for
ἐπιμελήσεται (epimelēsetai)
Verb - Future Indicative Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 1959: To take care of, attend to. Middle voice from epi and the same as melo; to care for.

[the] church
ἐκκλησίας (ekklēsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

of God?
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.


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