1 Timothy 3:6
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English Standard Version
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

King James Bible
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

American Standard Version
not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not a neophyte: lest being puffed up with pride, he fall into the judgment of the devil.

English Revised Version
not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

Weymouth New Testament
He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as the Devil.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Novice (νεόφυτον)

N.T.o. From νέος new and φυτόν a plant. Comp. 1 Corinthians 3:6, 1 Corinthians 3:7; Matthew 15:13. Hence, a new convert, a neophyte. Comp. in lxx Job 14:9; Psalm 127:3; Psalm 143:12; Isaiah 5:7. Chrysostom explains it as newly catechised (νεοκατήχητος); but a neophyte differed from a catechumen in having received baptism. Better the ancient Greek interpreters, newly baptized (νεοβάπτιστος). After the ceremony of baptism the neophytes wore white garments for eight days, from Easter eve until the Sunday after Easter, which was called Dominica in albis, the Sunday in white. The Egyptian archives of Berlin give νεόφυτος a Fayum papyrus of the second century A. D., of newly-planted palm trees. Comp. lxx, Psalm 127:3 : "Thy sons as νεόφυτα ἐλαιῶν plants of olives."

Being lifted up with pride (τυφωθεὶς)

Only in the Pastorals. See 1 Timothy 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:4. The verb means primarily to make a smoke: hence, metaphorically, to blind with pride or conceit. Neither A.V. nor Rev. puffed up, preserves the radical sense, which is the sense here intended - a beclouded and stupid state of mind as the result of pride.

Fall into condemnation (εἰς κρίμα ἐμπέσῃ)

Κρίμα in N.T. usually means judgment. The word for condemnation is κατάκριμα. See especially Romans 5:16, where the two are sharply distinguished. Comp. Matthew 7:2; Acts 24:25; Romans 2:2; Romans 5:18; 1 Corinthians 6:7. However, κρίμα occasionally shades off into the meaning condemnation, as Romans 3:8; James 3:1. See on go to law, 1 Corinthians 6:7, and see on 1 Corinthians 11:29. Κρίμα is a Pauline word; but the phrase ἐμπιπτεῖν εἰς κρίμα to fall into judgment is found only here.

Of the devil (τοῦ διαβόλου)

See on Matthew 4:1, and see on Satan, 1 Thessalonians 2:18. Paul uses διάβολος only twice, Ephesians 4:27; Ephesians 6:11. Commonly Satan. The use of διάβολος as an adjective is peculiar to the Pastorals (see 1 Timothy 3:11; 2 Timothy 3:3; Titus 2:3), and occurs nowhere else in N.T., and not in lxx. The phrase judgment of the devil probably means the accusing judgment of the devil, and not the judgment passed upon the devil. In Revelation 12:10 Satan is called the accuser of the brethren. In 1 Corinthians 5:5; 1 Timothy 1:20, men are given over to Satan for judgment. In 1 Timothy 3:7 the genitive διαβόλου is clearly subjective. In this chapter it appears that a Christian can fall into the reproach of the devil (comp. Jde 1:9; 2 Peter 2:11), the snare of the devil (comp. 2 Timothy 2:26), and the judgment of the devil.

1 Timothy 3:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

novice. or, one newly come to the faith.

1 Corinthians 3:1 And I, brothers, could not speak to you as to spiritual, but as to carnal, even as to babes in Christ.

Hebrews 5:12,13 For when for the time you ought to be teachers...

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:


Deuteronomy 8:14 Then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt...

Deuteronomy 17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left...

2 Kings 14:10 You have indeed smitten Edom, and your heart has lifted you up: glory of this, and tarry at home...

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...

2 Chronicles 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done to him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath on him...

Proverbs 16:18,19 Pride goes before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall...

Proverbs 18:12 Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honor is humility.

Proverbs 29:23 A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit.

Isaiah 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud and lofty, and on every one that is lifted up...

1 Corinthians 4:6-8 And these things, brothers, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes...

1 Corinthians 8:1 Now as touching things offered to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but charity edifies.

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...

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you younger, submit yourselves to the elder. Yes, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility...

the condemnation.

Isaiah 14:12-14 How are you fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are you cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations!...

Luke 10:18 And he said to 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...

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation...

Cross References
1 Timothy 3:7
Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

1 Timothy 6:4
he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions,

2 Timothy 3:4
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,

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