1 Timothy 3 Darby’s Translation

Qualifications of Bishops

3 1  The word [is] faithful: if any one aspires to exercise oversight, he desires a good work. 2  The overseer then must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, sober, discreet, decorous, hospitable, apt to teach; 3  not given to excesses from wine, not a striker, but mild, not addicted to contention, not fond of money, 4  conducting his own house well, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity; 5  (but if one does not know how to conduct his own house, how shall he take care of the assembly of God?) 6  not a novice, that he may not, being inflated, fall into [the] fault of the devil. 7  But it is necessary that he should have also a good testimony from those without, that he may fall not into reproach and [the] snare of the devil.

Qualifications of Deacons

8  Ministers, in like manner, grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not seeking gain by base means, 9  holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 10  And let these be first proved, then let them minister, being without charge [against them]. 11  [The] women in like manner grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 12  Let [the] ministers be husbands of one wife, conducting [their] children and their own houses well: 13  for those who shall have ministered well obtain for themselves a good degree, and much boldness in faith which [is] in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery of Our Religion

14  These things I write to thee, hoping to come to thee more quickly; 15  but if I delay, in order that thou mayest know how one ought to conduct oneself in God's house, which is [the] assembly of [the] living God, [the] pillar and base of the truth. 16  And confessedly the mystery of piety is great. God has been manifested in flesh, has been justified in [the] Spirit, has appeared to angels, has been preached among [the] nations, has been believed on in [the] world, has been received up in glory.


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