husband of one wife
- "the husband of one wife" KJV, ESV with note 'a man of one woman' 1 Tim. 3:2
"having been the wife of one man" KJV, ESV with note 'woman of one man' 1 Tim. 5:9
However, the rest of the 1 Tim. 5 certainly indicates that younger widows ought to remarry. So the KJV and ESV create a moral contradiction for women. A younger widow should remarry therefore disqualifying herself from later recognition as a widow in church service.
The TNIV, however, translates these as,
- faithful to his wife
faithful to her husband
- μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα
ἑνὸς ἀνδρὸς γυνή
Here is Peter's conclusion on this text,
- As I have previously concluded, Paul's teaching at this point is not about the gender of church leaders but about their sexual activity. Titus 1:6 did not mean to Paul or Titus that women must not be elders, so it cannot mean the same to us today. What it does mean today is what it meant to Titus, that married male elders must be faithful to their wives - and by extension to genuinely comparable situations, it may also mean that married female elders must be faithful to their husbands, and that single and widowed elders must be celibate. At least, this is the conclusion to which I am led by the scholarly approach to the Bible.
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