1 Timothy 3:1-12

Qualifications for Overseers

1The 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 1
must be above reproach e  the husband of one wife
Or a man of one woman; also verse 12
g  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 Deacons

8 q  Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued
Or devious in speech
s  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, must
be 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.
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