3:3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 3:4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 1 3:5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 3:6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant 2 and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 3 3:7 And he must be well thought of by 4 those outside the faith, 5 so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. 6
3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, 7 not two-faced, 8 not given to excessive drinking, 9 not greedy for gain, 3:9 holding to the mystery of the faith 10 with a clear conscience. 3:10 And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless.
1 tn Grk “having children in submission with all dignity.” The last phrase, “keep his children in control without losing his dignity,” may refer to the children rather than the parent: “having children who are obedient and respectful.”
2 tn Grk “that he may not become arrogant.”
4 tn Or “have a good reputation with”; Grk “have a good testimony from.”
5 tn Grk “the ones outside.”
7 tn Or “respectable, honorable, of serious demeanor.”
8 tn Or “insincere,” “deceitful”; Grk “speaking double.”
9 tn Grk “not devoted to much wine.”
10 sn The mystery of the faith is a reference to the revealed truths of the Christian faith.