1 Tim. 3:1 KJV (With Strong’s)

ho (Greek #3588)
the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom)
KJV usage: the, this, that, one, he, she, it, etc.
Pronounce: ho
Origin: ἡ (hay), and the neuter τό (to) in all their inflections
is a true
pistos (Greek #4103)
objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful
KJV usage: believe(-ing, -r), faithful(-ly), sure, true.
Pronounce: pis-tos'
Origin: from 3982
logos (Greek #3056)
something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e. Christ)
KJV usage: account, cause, communication, X concerning, doctrine, fame, X have to do, intent, matter, mouth, preaching, question, reason, + reckon, remove, say(-ing), shew, X speaker, speech, talk, thing, + none of these things move me, tidings, treatise, utterance, word, work.
Pronounce: log'-os
Origin: from 3004
, If
ei (Greek #1487)
if, whether, that, etc.
KJV usage: forasmuch as, if, that, (al-)though, whether. Often used in connection or composition with other particles, especially as in 1489, 1490, 1499, 1508, 1509, 1512, 1513, 1536, 1537. See also 1437.
Pronounce: i
Origin: a primary particle of conditionality
a man
tis (Greek #5100)
some or any person or object
KJV usage: a (kind of), any (man, thing, thing at all), certain (thing), divers, he (every) man, one (X thing), ought, + partly, some (man, -body, - thing, -what), (+ that no-)thing, what(-soever), X wherewith, whom(-soever), whose(-soever).
Pronounce: tis
Origin: an enclitic indefinite pronoun
oregomai (Greek #3713)
to stretch oneself, i.e. reach out after (long for)
KJV usage: covet after, desire.
Pronounce: or-eg'-om-ahee
Origin: middle voice of apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary (compare 3735)
the office of a bishop
episkope (Greek #1984)
inspection (for relief); by implication, superintendence; specially, the Christian "episcopate"
KJV usage: the office of a "bishop", bishoprick, visitation.
Pronounce: ep-is-kop-ay'
Origin: from 1980
l, he desireth
epithumeo (Greek #1937)
to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise)
KJV usage: covet, desire, would fain, lust (after).
Pronounce: ep-ee-thoo-meh'-o
Origin: from 1909 and 2372
a good
kalos (Greek #2570)
properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e. valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from 18, which is properly intrinsic)
KJV usage: X better, fair, good(-ly), honest, meet, well, worthy.
Pronounce: kal-os'
Origin: of uncertain affinity
ergon (Greek #2041)
toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act
KJV usage: deed, doing, labour, work.
Pronounce: er'-gon
Origin: from a primary (but obsolete) ἔργω (to work)

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Ministry on This Verse

1-13:  How bishops and deacons, and their wives should be qualified;
14:  and to what end Saint Paul wrote to Timothy of these things.
15-16:  Of the church, and the blessed truth therein taught and professed.
is a.
the office.
 It was a good work. To care for souls and have a vigilant eye upon the walk of believers; to watch over them in order that the members of Christ should answer to His love and lose no Christian privilege. (1 Timothy 3 by J.N. Darby)
 They are to "watch" over the flock that it may be preserved from the attacks of the enemy without, as well as from the corruptions that may arise within the Christian circle through perverse men who divert souls from the Lord to themselves (Acts 20:28-31). (The Order of God's House by H. Smith)
 There is also the care of those who compose the House of God, that their behavior may be suited to the House, and this care for souls is also "a good work." (The Order of God's House by H. Smith)
 The flesh likes office, and position, and authority, but it will shrink from "work". When this is seen we may have to admit that there are few that have the desire that the Apostle contemplates. (The Order of God's House by H. Smith)
 It is a question of government here, rather than of gifts (On 1 Timothy 3:1-7 by W. Kelly)

J. N. Darby Translation

The word is faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work.

W. Kelly Translation

Faithful [is] the word: if anyone is eager for oversight, he is desirous of a good work1.

WK Translation Notes

oversight: "Bishopric," or "office of a bishop," misleads here; because the modern office, with which most are familiar, so greatly differs from the primitive reality.... Hence it appears best and wisest, as well as most consistent, to call the function "oversight" and the functionary "overseer," in accordance with the Authorized Version of Acts 20:28, where the elders of the Ephesian assembly (ver. 17), who met the apostle at Miletus, are so designated. (Exp. of the Tivo Epist. to Timothy, p.58)