If any be blameless, the husband of one wife - See the notes at I Timothy 3:2.
Having faithful children - See the notes at I Timothy 3:4-5. That is, having a family well-governed, and well-trained in religion. The word here - ̀ pista - applied to the children, and rendered faithful, does not necessarily mean that they should be truly pious, but it is descriptive of those who had been well-trained, and were in due subordination. If a man' s family were not of his character - if his children were insubordinate, and opposed to religion - if they were decided infidels or scoffers, it would show that there was such a deficiency in the head of the family that he could not be safely entrusted with the government of the church; compare the notes at I Timothy 3:5. It is probably true, also, that the preachers at that time would be selected, as far as practicable, from those whose families were all Christians. There might be great impropriety in placing a man over a church, a part of whose family were Jews or heathens.
Not accused of riot - That is, whose children were not accused of riot. This explains what is meant by faithful. The word rendered "riot" - ̓́ asōtia - is translated excess in Ephesians 5:18, and riot in Titus 1:6; I Peter 4:4. It does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament, though the word riotous is found in Luke 15:13; see it explained in the notes at Ephesians 5:18. The meaning here is, that they should not be justly accused of this; this should not be their character. It would, doubtless, be a good reason now why a man should not be ordained to the ministry that he had a dissipated and disorderly family.
Or unruly - Insubordinate; ungoverned; see the notes, I Timothy 1:9; Luke 3:4.
Other Barnes' Notes entries containing Titus 1:6:
1 Timothy 1:9
1 Peter 4:4
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