1 Timothy 3 New American Standard Bible

Qualifications of Bishops

3 It is a trustworthy statement : if any man aspires to the office of overseer , it is a fine work he desires to do. 2  An overseer , then , must be above reproach , the husband of one wife , temperate , prudent , respectable , hospitable , able to teach , 3  not addicted to wine or pugnacious , but gentle , peaceable , free from the love of money . 4  He must be one who 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 the church of God ?), 6  and not a new convert , so e that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil . 7  And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil .

Qualifications of Deacons

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

The Mystery of Our Religion

14  I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long ; 15  but in case I am delayed , I write so that 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 . 16  By common confession , great is the mystery of godliness : He who was revealed in the flesh , Was vindicated in the Spirit , Seen by angels , Proclaimed among the nations , Believed on in the world , Taken up in glory .

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