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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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1 Timothy 3:8

Deacons (diakonouv).
Accusative case of general reference like the preceding with dei einai understood. Technical sense of the word here as in Philippians 1:1 which see (two classes of church officers, bishops or elders, deacons).

Grave (semnouv).
See Philippians 4:8. Repeated in verse 1 Timothy 3:11; Titus 2:2.

Not double-tongued (mh dilogouv).
Rare word (dis, legw) saying same thing twice. Xenophon has dilogew and dilogia. In Pollux, but LXX has diglwssov (double-tongued, Latin bilinguis). Only here in N.T. One placed between two persons and saying one thing to one, another to the other. Like Bunyan's Parson "Mr. Two-Tongues."

Not given to much wine (mh oinwi pollwi prosexontav).
"Not holding the mind (ton noun understood as usual with prosexw, 1 Timothy 1:4) on much wine" (oinwi, dative case). That attitude leads to over-indulgence.

Not greedy of filthy lucre (mh aisxrokerdeiv).
Old word from aisxrov (Ephesians 5:12) and kerdov (Philippians 1:21). "Making small gains in mean ways" (Parry). Not genuine in verse 1 Timothy 3:3. In N.T. only here and Titus 1:7 (of bishops).


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:8". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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