1 Timothy 3

Overseers and Deacons

1 a  It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the b  office of
Or bishop
overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
Lit The
e  An overseer, then, must be above reproach f  the husband of one wife g  temperate, prudent, respectable h  hospitable i  able to teach,
3 j  not addicted to wine
Lit not
or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable l  free from the love of money.
4He must be one who m  manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of n  the church of God?), 6and not a new convert, so that he will not become o  conceited and fall into the p  condemnation
Lit of the devil
incurred by the devil.
7And he must r  have a good reputation with s  those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and t  the snare of the devil.

8 u  Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not
Or given to double-talk
Lit not
x  or addicted to much wine
Lit not
z  or fond of sordid gain,
9 aa  but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 ab  These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11
I.e. either deacons’ wives or deaconesses
Women must likewise be dignified ad  not malicious gossips, but ae  temperate, faithful in all things.
12 af  Deacons must be ag  husbands of only one wife, and
Lit managing well
ai  good managers of their children and their own households.
13For those who have served well as deacons aj  obtain for themselves a
Lit good
high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

14I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15but
Lit if I delay
in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how
Or you ought to conduct yourself
one ought to conduct himself in an  the household of God, which is the ao  church of ap  the living God, the aq  pillar and support of the truth.
16By common confession, great is ar  the mystery of godliness: He who was as  revealed in the flesh,
Or justified
au  vindicated
Or by
in the Spirit,
aw  Seen by angels,
ax  Proclaimed among the nations,
ay  Believed on in the world,
az  Taken up in glory.

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