Here is a trustworthy saying:1 If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,2 he desires a noble task.
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Now the overseer must be above reproach,3 the husband of but one wife,4 temperate,5 self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,6 able to teach,7
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not given to drunkenness,8 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,9 not a lover of money.10
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He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.11
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(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)12
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He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited13 and fall under the same judgment14 as the devil.
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He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,15 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.16
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Deacons,17 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,18 and not pursuing dishonest gain.
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They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.19
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They must first be tested;20 and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
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In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers21 but temperate22 and trustworthy in everything.
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A deacon must be the husband of but one wife23 and must manage his children and his household well.24
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Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church25 of the living God,26 the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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Beyond all question, the mystery27 of godliness28 is great: He appeared in a body,29 was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations,30 was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.31
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