One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; (KJV) My question is regarding the adjectives in this statement concerning the qualifications of the bishop. "One that ruleth well his own house" is masculine singular "having his" is masculine singular "children" is neuter plural "in subjection" is feminine singular "with all gravity" is feminine singular I have always been under the impression that the adjectives should be in the same gender and number as the nouns they modify. In this verse that is not true. Is there any significance to the change in gender? Does one or both of the adjectives modify the subject (one that ruleth) as opposed to the object (children)? Does anyone know of other examples of a gender change between the adjectives and nouns they modify? I recently heard someone take the position that the first adjective refers to the children and the second to the parent. In other words he should rule his house well with all gravity and bring his children into subjection. I have searched but all the online resources I found indicate very few exceptions to the gender/number rule and this example does not fall into those exceptions. Thanks for your thoughts.