He must be well thought of (1 Tim. 3:7)


The bishop must be well thought of

By outsiders,

So that he may not fall

Into disgrace

And the snare

Of the devil.”

δεῖ δὲ καὶ μαρτυρίαν καλὴν ἔχειν ἀπὸ τῶν ἔξωθεν, ἵνα μὴ εἰς ὀνειδισμὸν ἐμπέσῃ καὶ παγίδα τοῦ διαβόλου.

Paul said, “Moreover, the bishop must (δεῖ δὲ) be well thought of or a good witness (καὶ μαρτυρίαν καλὴν ἔχειν) by outsiders (ἀπὸ τῶν ἔξωθεν), so that he may not (ἵνα μὴ) fall (ἐμπέσῃ) into disgrace (ἵνα μὴ εἰς ὀνειδισμὸν) and the snare (καὶ παγίδα) of the devil (τοῦ διαβόλου).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ὀνειδισμὸν that means a reproach or reviled.  Paul further explained that a bishop should be well thought of.  He should be a good witness to the outsiders who were not part of the Christian community, not involved with any kind of disgrace or scandal.  Bishops should watch out for the snares of the devil.  Paul continued with his high demands on the overseer or bishop of the local community.  Do you have high demands on bishops?

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