1 Timothy 3:1-7 New International Version

Qualifications of Bishops

3 1  Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2  Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[1] respect. 5  (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7  He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.

Footnotes

[1] 3:4 Or "him with proper"

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