1 Timothy 3:10
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English Standard Version
And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

King James Bible
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

American Standard Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And let these also first be proved: and so let them minister, having no crime.

English Revised Version
And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless.

Webster's Bible Translation
And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

Weymouth New Testament
And they must also be well-tried men, and when found to be of unblemished character then let them serve as deacons.

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Vincent's Word Studies

These also (καὶ οὗτοι δὲ)

As well as the Bishops. No mention is made of a proving of the Bishops, but this may be fairly assumed. Comp. not a novice, 1 Timothy 3:6.

Be proved (δοκιμαζέσθωσαν)

Common in Paul; only here in Pastorals. See on 1 Peter 1:7. Not implying a formal examination, but a reference to the general judgment of the Christian community as to whether they fulfil the conditions detailed in 1 Timothy 3:8. Comp. 1 Timothy 5:22; 2 Timothy 2:2.

Let them use the office of a deacon (διακονείτωσαν)

Much better, let them serve as deacons. In this sense only in the Pastorals. Comp. 1 Timothy 3:13. The verb is very common in N.T.

Being blameless (ἀνέγκλητοι ὄντες)

Rather, unaccused: if no charge be preferred against them. In Paul, 1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22. Comp. Titus 1:6, Titus 1:7. It is a judicial term. The participle ὄντες signifies provided they are.

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let these.

1 Timothy 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

1 Timothy 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

use.

1 Timothy 3:13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree...

Acts 6:1,2 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews...

being.

1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Colossians 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and unreproveable in his sight:

Titus 1:6,7 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly...

Cross References
Colossians 1:22
he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,

1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

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