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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

1 Timothy 3:1

Faithful is the saying (pistov o logov).
Here the phrase points to the preceding words (not like 1:15) and should close the preceding paragraph.

If a man seeketh (ei tiv oregetai).
Condition of first class, assumed as true. Present middle indicative of oregw, old verb to reach out after something, governing the genitive. In N.T. only here, 6:10; Hebrews 11:16.

The office of a bishop (episkophv).
Genitive case after oregetai. Late and rare word outside of LXX and N.T. (in a Lycaonian inscription). From episkopew and means "over-seership" as in Acts 1:20.


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

Bibliography Information
Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:1". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=1ti&chapter=003&verse=001>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.