Deacon qualities (1 Tim. 3:8)


Deacons must be serious,

Not double-tongued deceitful,

Not indulging

In much wine,

And not greedy.”

Διακόνους ὡσαύτως σεμνούς, μὴ διλόγους, μὴ οἴνῳ πολλῷ προσέχοντας, μὴ αἰσχροκερδεῖς,

Paul said, “Likewise (ὡσαύτως), deacons (Διακόνους) must be serious (σεμνούς), not double-tongued deceitful (μὴ διλόγους), not indulging in much wine (μὴ οἴνῳ πολλῷ προσέχοντας), and not greedy (μὴ αἰσχροκερδεῖς).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word σεμνούς that means reverend, venerable, serious, honorable, grave, or dignified.  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word διλόγους, that means given to repetition, double-tongued, or deceitful, and the word αἰσχροκερδεῖς that means greedy.  Next, Paul explained the requirements for deacons.  Deacons were first mentioned in Acts, chapter 6:1-6.  They were the men of service in the community, helping the apostles, the bishops, or overseers.  They had to be serious people, not speaking out of both sides of their mouth or deceitful.  They should not indulge in much wine.  Certainly, they should not be greedy people.  Paul also set high standards for these deacons, just like the bishops.  There was no mention of the presbyters, elders, or priests here.  Do you think that deacons are important?

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