1 Timothy 31 It is a faithful saying: if a man desires the episcopate, he desires a good work. 2 Therefore, it is necessary for a bishop to be beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, sober, prudent, gracious, chaste, hospitable, a teacher, 3 not a drunkard, not combative but restrained, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 but a man who leads his own house well, having children who are subordinate with all chastity. 5 For if a man does not know how to lead his own house, how will he take care of the Church of God? 6 He must not be a new convert, lest, being elated by pride, he may fall under the sentence of the devil. 7 And it is necessary for him also to have good testimony from those who are outside, so that he may not fall into disrepute and the snare of the devil. 8 Similarly, deacons must be chaste, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not pursuing tainted profit, 9 holding to the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 And these things should be proven first, and then they may minister, being without offense. 11 Similarly, the women must be chaste, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12 Deacons should be the husband of one wife, men who lead their own children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have ministered well will acquire for themselves a good position, and much confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 14 I am writing these things to you, with the hope that I will come to you soon. 15 But, if I am delayed, you should know the manner in which it is necessary to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the Church of the living God, the pillar and the foundation of truth. 16 And it is clearly great, this mystery of piety, which was manifested in the flesh, which was justified in the Spirit, which has appeared to Angels, which has been preached to the Gentiles, which is believed in the world, which has been taken up in glory.
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