1 Timothy 3:1-12
Qualifications for Overseers1The saying is a trustworthy: If anyone aspires to b the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Therefore c an overseer ▼
▼Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1must be above reproach e the husband of one wife ▼
▼Or a man of one woman; also verse 12g sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable h hospitable i able to teach, 3not a drunkard, not violent but j gentle, not quarrelsome k not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity l keeping his children submissive, 5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for m God’s church? 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may n become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7Moreover, he must be well thought of by o outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into p a snare of the devil.
Qualifications for Deacons8 q Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued ▼
▼Or devious in speechs not addicted to much wine t not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must u hold the mystery of the faith with v a clear conscience. 10And w let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 x Their wives likewise must ▼
▼Or Wives, likewise, must, or Women, likewise, mustbe dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded z faithful in all things. 12Let deacons each be aa the husband of one wife, ab managing their children and their own households well.
Copyright information for ESV