1 Timothy 3

1It is a trustworthy saying: if any one aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5(If a man does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?). 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, and not fond of sordid gain; 9they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must also first be tested; and then if they are beyond reproach, let them serve as deacons. 11The women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things. 12Deacons must be the husband of one wife, and must manage their children and their households well. 13For those who have served well as deacons gain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15if I am delayed, you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth. 16By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: he was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

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