1 Timothy 3:7
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New International Version
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

King James Bible
Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Darby Bible Translation
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.

World English Bible
Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Young's Literal Translation
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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The sixteenth requisite is, that he should have a good report of them which are without - That he should be one who had not been previously a profligate, or scandalous in his life. Such a person, when converted, may be a worthy private member of religious society; but I believe God rarely calls such to the work of the ministry, and never to the episcopate. Them that are without are the Jews, Gentiles, and the unconverted of all kinds. For the meaning of this term see the note on Colossians 4:5.

Lest he fall into reproach - For his former scandalous life.

And the snare of the devil - Snares and temptations, such as he fell in and fell by before. This is called the snare of the devil; for, as he well knows the constitution of such persons, and what is most likely to prevail, he infers that what was effectual before to their transgressing may be so still; therefore on all suitable occasions he tempts them to their old sins. Backsliders in general fall by those sins to which they were addicted previously to their conversion. Former inveterate habits will revive in him who does not continue to deny himself, and watch unto prayer.

The snare of the devil. - Some would translate παγιδα του διαβολου, the snare of the accuser; and they give the same meaning to the word in 1 Timothy 3:6, because it is evident that διαβολους has that meaning, 1 Timothy 3:11, and our translators render it slanderers. Now, though διαβολος signifies an accuser, yet I do not see that it can, with any propriety, be restrained to this meaning in the texts in question, and especially as the word is emphatically applied to Satan himself; for he who, in Revelation 12:10, is called the accuser of the brethren, is, in Revelation 12:9, called the great dragon, the old serpent, the Devil, διαβολος, and Satan.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

a good.

1 Timothy 5:24,25 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after...

1 Samuel 2:24 No, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: you make the LORD's people to transgress.

Acts 6:3 Why, brothers, look you out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom...

Acts 10:22 And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that fears God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews...

Acts 22:12 And one Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good report of all the Jews which dwelled there,

3 John 1:12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, and we also bear record; and you know that our record is true.


1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not you judge them that are within?

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing.


1 Timothy 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house...

1 Corinthians 10:32 Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offense 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 2:5,8 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed...

1 Peter 4:14-16 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests on you...

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...

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.

Christ's Humiliation in his Incarnation
'Great is the mystery of godliness, God manifest in the flesh.' I Tim 3:16. Q-xxvii: WHEREIN DID CHRIST'S HUMILIATION CONSIST? A: In his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross. Christ's humiliation consisted in his incarnation, his taking flesh, and being born. It was real flesh that Christ took; not the image of a body (as the Manichees erroneously held), but a true body; therefore he
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Since Our Pious and Christian Emperor Has Addressed this Holy and Ecumenical Council...
Since our pious and Christian Emperor has addressed this holy and ecumenical council, in order that it might provide for the purity of those who are in the list of the clergy, and who transmit divine things to others, and that they may be blameless ministrants, and worthy of the sacrifice of the great God, who is both Offering and High Priest, a sacrifice apprehended by the intelligence: and that it might cleanse away the pollutions wherewith these have been branded by unlawful marriages: now whereas
Philip Schaff—The Seven Ecumenical Councils

Of the Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of Persons
Deut. vi. 4.--"Hear, O Israel The Lord our God is one Lord."--1 John v. 7 "There are three that bear record in heaven the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost and these three are one." "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," 2 Tim. iii. 16. There is no refuse in it, no simple and plain history, but it tends to some edification, no profound or deep mystery, but it is profitable for salvation. Whatsoever
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Of the Practice of Piety in Fasting.
There are divers kinds of fasting--First, A constrained fast, as when men either have not food to eat, as in the famine of Samaria (2 Kings vi. 25;) or, having food, cannot eat it for heaviness or sickness, as it befel them who were in the ship with St. Paul (Acts xxvii. 33.) This is rather famine than fasting. Secondly, A natural fast, which we undertake physically, for the health of our body. Thirdly, A civil fast, which the magistrate enjoins for the better maintenance of the commonwealth. Fourthly,
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety

Cross References
Mark 4:11
He told them, "The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables

2 Corinthians 8:21
For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

1 Timothy 3:6
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.

1 Timothy 6:9
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

2 Timothy 2:26
and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.

3 John 1:12
Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone--and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

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