And so, …Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great, The Servant's Triumph'He is near that justifieth Me; who will contend with Me? Behold, the Lord God will help Me; who is he that shall condemn Me? Because: diabolous- “devils.” It is used here in its original and proper sense, to denote a “calumniator,” “slanderer,” or “accuser.” It occurs in the same sense in, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 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 those who Covet Pre-Eminence, and Seize on the Language of the Apostle to Serve the Purpose of their Own Cupidity. And so, 'He is near that justifieth Me; who will contend with Me? 1 Timothy 3:11 King James Version (KJV) 11  Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. xii. They distinguish all the people of the world into "Israelites," and "the nations of the world." But for the most part those who covet pre-eminence seize on the language of the Apostle to serve the purpose of their own cupidity, where he says, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work (1 Tim. lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.' Elsewhere in the New Testament, it is uniformly rendered “devil” (compare notes, Matthew 4:1), and is given to Satan, the prince of the fallen angels Matthew 9:34, by way of eminence, as “the accuser;” compare Job 1:6-11 notes, and Revelation 12:10 note. 3:11 Faithful in all things - Both to God, their husbands, and the poor. Mingling as they would with the church, and having an opportunity to claim acquaintance with many, it would be in their power, if they chose, to do great injury to the character of others. {4} Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 1). 33.) On the other hand, between the eighteen "benedictions" said on ordinary days, and the seven repeated on the Sabbaths, free prayer might be inserted; the selection from the prophets, with which the public reading concluded--the. Therefore as many women as there are now, unto whom it is said, "if they contain not, let them be married, [1986] ^" are not to be compared to the holy women then, even when they married. Geneva Study Bible {4} Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. vi. Faithful in all things - The deaconesses had much to do among the poor, and especially among poor women, in dispensing the bounty of the Church. Both which phrases the book of the gospel owns: "The land of Israel," Matthew 2:20: and it calls the heathens, "those that are without," 1 Corinthians 5:13; 1 Timothy 3:7, &c. And sometimes the unbelieving Jews themselves, as Mark 4:11. According to the Spirit of Holiness. iii. Alike the seasons and the time of public services, their order, the prayers to be offered, and the portions of the law to be read were fixed. The reason assigned for supposing that it does not refer to the wives of deacons, as such, is, that nothing is said of the qualifications of the wives of bishops - a matter of as much importance as that of the character of the wife of a deacon; and that it cannot be supposed that the apostle would specify the one without some allusion to the other. 1 Timothy 3:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] 1 Timothy 3:11, NIV: "In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything." 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. T The Jewish writers divide the whole world into "The land of Israel," and "Without the land": that is, the countries of the heathen. "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness," 2 Tim. 1 Timothy 3:11, ESV: "Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things." The Complete Jewish Bible Similarly, the wives must … Therefore as many women as there are now, unto whom it is said, "if they contain not, let them be married, [1986] ^" are not to be compared to the holy women then, even when they married. And, when he subsequently enumerates the necessary virtues, he makes manifest what this blamelessness consists in. Hence hagiosune (the word here used) has a kind of middle sense between hagiotes, holiness, and hagiasmos, sanctification. --ISAIAH l. 8, 9. Even so must their wives be grave - I believe the apostle does not mean here the wives either of the bishops or deacons in particular, but the Christian women in general. So that there are, as it were, three degrees: sanctification, …Andrew Murray—Holy in Christ, Of the Unity of the Godhead and the Trinity of PersonsDeut. Not given to tattling. (4) Regard must also be had for the pastor's and deacon's wives. 3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. This is rather famine than fasting. By a comparison of this passage, also, with Titus 2:3-4, which bears a strong resemblance to this, it would seem that it was supposed that the deacons would be taken from those who were advanced in life, and that their wives would have some superintendence over the younger females of the church. [The] women likewise must be worthy of respect and serious, not gossipers, but temperate and self-controlled, [thoroughly] trustworthy in all things. Comp. The Revised Version says, "Women in like manner [must be] grave". Let all such, with the vast tribe of calumniators and dealers in scandal, remember that the apostle ranks them all with malicious, fallen spirits; a consideration which one would suppose might be sufficient to deter them from their injurious and abominable conduct. 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. I. The book of the gospel owns that phrase …John Lightfoot—From the Talmud and Hebraica, Therefore as Many Women as There are Now...19. But men, who contain not, as it were ascend unto marriage by a step of honesty: but …St. No one can doubt that the character of a woman may be such, that it is not desirable that her husband should be an officer in the church. 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