1 Tim. 3:2 KJV (With Strong’s)

A bishop
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
episkopos (Greek #1985)
a superintendent, i.e. Christian officer in genitive case charge of a (or the) church (literally or figuratively)
KJV usage: bishop, overseer.
Pronounce: ep-is'-kop-os
Origin: from 1909 and 4649 (in the sense of 1983)
n then
oun (Greek #3767)
(adverbially) certainly, or (conjunctionally) accordingly
KJV usage: and (so, truly), but, now (then), so (likewise then), then, therefore, verily, wherefore.
Pronounce: oon
Origin: apparently a primary word
dei (Greek #1163)
also δέον (deh-on'); neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding)
KJV usage: behoved, be meet, must (needs), (be) need(-ful), ought, should.
Pronounce: die
Origin: 3d person singular active present of 1210
einai (Greek #1511)
to exist
KJV usage: am, was. come, is, X lust after, X please well, there is, to be, was.
Pronounce: i'-nahee
Origin: present infinitive from 1510
anepileptos (Greek #423)
not arrested, i.e. (by implication) inculpable
KJV usage: blameless, unrebukeable.
Pronounce: an-ep-eel'-ape-tos
Origin: from 1 (as a negative particle) and a derivative of 1949
, the husband
aner (Greek #435)
a man (properly as an individual male)
KJV usage: fellow, husband, man, sir.
Pronounce: an'-ayr
Origin: a primary word (compare 444)
of one
heis (Greek #1520)
a primary numeral; one
KJV usage: a(-n, -ny, certain), + abundantly, man, one (another), only, other, some. See also 1527, 3367, 3391, 3762.
Pronounce: hice
Origin: (including the neuter (etc.) ἕν)
gune (Greek #1135)
a woman; specially, a wife
KJV usage: wife, woman.
Pronounce: goo-nay'
Origin: probably from the base of 1096
, vigilant
nephaleos (Greek #3524)
sober, i.e. (figuratively) circumspect
KJV usage: sober.
Pronounce: nay-fal'-eh-os
Origin: νηφάλιος (nay-fal'-ee-os) from 3525
, sober
sophron (Greek #4998)
safe (sound) in mind, i.e. self-controlled (moderate as to opinion or passion)
KJV usage: discreet, sober, temperate.
Pronounce: so'-frone
Origin: from the base of 4982 and that of 5424
, of θgood behavior
kosmios (Greek #2887)
orderly, i.e. decorous
KJV usage: of good behaviour, modest.
Pronounce: kos'-mee-os
Origin: from 2889 (in its primary sense)
, given to hospitality
philoxenos (Greek #5382)
fond of guests, i.e. hospitable
KJV usage: given to (lover of, use) hospitality.
Pronounce: fil-ox'-en-os
Origin: from 5384 and 3581
, apt to teach
didaktikos (Greek #1317)
instructive ("didactic")
KJV usage: apt to teach.
Pronounce: did-ak-tik-os'
Origin: from 1318

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Ministry on This Verse

the husband.
of good behaviour.
or, modest.
 No doubt apostles hold an unique place. They stand the first in point of gifts (χαρίσματα, 1 Cor. 12; δόματα, Eph. 4); but they were also the chief of appointed authorities with title to appoint subordinate authorities in the Lord's name. Hence they, and they only, are seen in scripture appointing presbyters and deacons, either directly or through an authorized deputy in a given sphere like Titus. Never is such a fact heard of as a presbyter ordaining a presbyter or a deacon. It destroys the whole principle of authority descending from above as in Scripture (On 1 Timothy 3:1-7 by W. Kelly)
 local charge, which has government for its aim, is based on the possession of qualities chiefly moral (with or without specific gift in the word) which would give weight in dealing with conscience, or righteous aptitude in the discharge of external duty. (On 1 Timothy 3:1-7 by W. Kelly)
 Certain qualities were needed to make anyone fit for such a charge. Gifts are not included among them, unless the being “apt to teach” might be so considered; but even this is presented as a quality. (1 Timothy 3 by J.N. Darby)
 They are to seek that their own walk, and the walk of the Lord's people, may be worthy of the Lord. (The Order of God's House by H. Smith)
 "The directions even as to elders and deacons are not, so to speak, merely for their own sake; they show us the character that God values and seeks from His people" (F.W.G.). The moral character of the elder must be above reproach. (The Order of God's House by H. Smith)

J. N. Darby Translation

The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreetg, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach;

JND Translation Notes

i.e. "of sound mind," as ch. 2.9.

W. Kelly Translation

The overseer therefore must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, temperate, sober, orderly, hospitable, apt to teach,