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1 Timothy 3:12-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife[a] and good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves[b] and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.[c]

Conduct in God’s Church

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions[d] to you


  1. 1 Timothy 3:12 tn Or “men married only once,” “devoted solely to their wives” (see the note on “wife” in 1 Tim 3:2; also 1 Tim 5:9; Titus 1:6).
  2. 1 Timothy 3:13 sn The statement those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves is reminiscent of Jesus’ teaching (Matt 20:26-28; Mark 10:43-45) that the one who wishes to be great must be a servant (διάκονος [diakonos], used here of deacons) of all, just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve (διακονέω [diakoneō], as in 1 Tim 3:10, 13).
  3. 1 Timothy 3:13 sn In the phrase the faith that is in Christ Jesus, the term faith seems to mean “what Christians believe, Christian truth,” rather than personal trust in Christ. So the whole phrase could mean that others will come to place greater confidence in them regarding Christian truth, but the word “confidence” is much more likely to refer to their own boldness to act on the truth of their convictions.
  4. 1 Timothy 3:14 tn Grk “these things.” sn These instructions refer to the instructions about local church life, given in 1 Tim 2:1-3:13.
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