Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament1 Timothy 3:2
- The bishop (ton episkopon).
- The overseer. Old word, in LXX, and inscriptions and papyri. Deissmann (Bible Studies, pp. 230f.) has shown it is applied to communal officials in Rhodes. See Acts 20:28 for its use for the elders (presbyters) in verse Acts 20:17. So also in Titus 1:5,7. See Philippians 1:1. The word does not in the N.T. have the monarchical sense found in Ignatius of a bishop over elders.
- Without reproach (anepilhmpton).
- Accusative case of general reference with dei and einai. Old and common verbal (a privative and epilambanw, not to be taken hold of), irreproachable. In N.T. only here, 5:7; 6:14.
- Of one wife (miav gunaikov).
- One at a time, clearly.
- Temperate (nhpalion).
- Old adjective. In N.T. only here, verse 11; Titus 2:2. But see nhpw, to be sober in 1 Thessalonians 5:6,8.
- Soberminded (swprona).
- Another old adjective (from saov or swv, sound, prhn, mind) in N.T. only here, Titus 1:8; 2:2,5.
- Orderly (kosmion).
- See on 1 Timothy 2:9. Seemly, decent conduct.
- Given to hospitality (piloxenon).
- Old word (see piloxenia in Romans 12:13), from pilov and xenov, in N.T. only here, Titus 1:8; 1 Peter 4:9.
- Apt to teach (didaktikon).
- Late form for old didaskalikov, one qualified to teach. In Philo and N.T. only (1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 2:24).
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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 Timothy 3:2". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=1ti&chapter=003&verse=002>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.