1 Timothy 3
Overseers and Deacons1 a It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the b office of ▼
▼ Or bishopoverseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 ▼
▼ 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 ▼ or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable l free from the love of money. 4 He 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?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become o conceited and fall into the p condemnation ▼
▼ Lit of the devilincurred by the devil. 7 And 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-talkdouble-tongued ▼ , x or addicted to much wine ▼ , 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 deaconessesWomen 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. 13 For those who have served well as deacons aj obtain for themselves a ▼
▼ Lit goodhigh standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but ▼
▼ Lit if I delayin case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how ▼
▼ Or you ought to conduct yourselfone 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. 16 By common confession, great is ar the mystery of godliness: He who was as revealed in the flesh,
▼ Or justified, au vindicated ▼
▼ Or byin 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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