A study of the Greek words episkopeo (Strong's 1983), episkope (Strong's 1984), and episkopos (Strong's 1985).
The words in bold in the following verses, unless otherwise noted, are the King James Version translations of the Greek word episkopeo, and represent every occurrence of episkopeo in the New Testament.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof [NKJV, NIV: serving as overseers; NCV™: watch over them; GNT: do your work; YLT: overseeing], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
The words in bold in the following verses, unless otherwise noted, are the King James Version translations of the Greek word episkope, and represent every occurrence of episkope in the New Testament.
Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.
17 For he was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry.
18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.
19 And it was known unto all the dwellers at Jerusalem; insomuch as that field is called in their proper tongue, Aceldama, that is to say, The field of blood.
20 For it is written in the book of Psalms, Let his habitation be desolate, and let no man dwell therein: and his bishoprick [NIV: place of leadership; GNT: place of service; YLT: oversight] let another take.
1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop [NIV: sets his heart on being an overseer; Phillips: sets his heart on leadership; NEB: aspire to leadership; GNT: is eager to be a church leader; YLT: the oversight doth long for], he desireth a good work.
1 Peter 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
The words in bold in the following verses, unless otherwise noted, are the King James Version translations of the Greek word episkopos, and represent every occurrence of episkopos in the New Testament.
Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Philippians 1:1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops [NKJV margin, NIV, YLT: overseers; GNT: church leaders] and deacons:
2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 3:2 A bishop [NIV, YLT: overseer; NEB: leader; GNT: church leader] then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Titus 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop [NKJV, NIV, YLT: Overseer; NCV™: Protector; NEB: Guardian; GNT: Keeper] of your souls.
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