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1 Timothy 3:10

    1 Timothy 3:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

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

    American Standard Version (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And let these first be put to the test; then let them become Deacons if there is nothing against them.

    Webster's Revision

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

    World English Bible

    Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Definitions for 1 Timothy 3:10

    Deacon - Servant; attendant.
    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:10

    Let these - be proved - Let them not be young converts, or persons lately brought to the knowledge of the truth. This is the same in spirit with what is required of the bishops, 1 Timothy 3:6.

    Let no man be put into an office in the Church till he has given full proof of his sincerity and steadiness, by having been for a considerable time a consistent private member of the Church.

    Being found blameless - Ανεγκλητοι οντες· Being irreproachable; persons against whom no evil can be proved. The same as in 1 Timothy 3:2, though a different word is used. See the note on 1 Timothy 3:2.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 3:10

    And let these also first be proved - That is, tried or tested in regard to the things which were the proper qualifications for the office. This does not mean that they were to be employed as "preachers," but that they were to undergo a proper trial in regard to their fitness for the office which they were to fill. They were not to be put into it without any opportunity of knowing what they were. It should be ascertained that they were grave, serious, temperate, trustworthy men; men who were sound in the faith, and who would not dishonor the office. It is not said here that there should be a "formal" trial, as if they were candidates for this office; but the meaning is, that they should have had an opportunity of making their character known, and should have gained such respect for their piety, and their other qualifications, that there would be reason to believe that they would perform the functions of the office well. Thus, in Acts 6:3, when deacons were first appointed, the church was directed to "look out seven men of honest report," who might be appointed to the office.

    Then let them use the office of a deacon - Let them be appointed to this office, and fulfil its duties.

    Being found blameless - If nothing can be alleged against their character see the notes on 1 Timothy 3:2.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Timothy 3:10

    3:10 Let these he proved first - Let a trial be made how they believe. Then let them minister - Let them be fixed in that office.