1 Timothy 3 NIV

Overseers and Deacons

1 Here is a trustworthy saying:1 If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer,a2 he desires a noble task.

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    • a 3:1 - Traditionally "bishop"; also in verse 2
      2 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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          3 not given to drunkenness,8 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,9 not a lover of money.10

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          4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.11

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          5 (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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          6 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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          7 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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          8 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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          9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.19

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          10 They must first be tested;20 and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

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          11 In the same way, their wivesb are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers21 but temperate22 and trustworthy in everything.

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            • b 3:11 - Or "way, deaconesses"
              12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife23 and must manage his children and his household well.24

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                  13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
                  14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
                  15 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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                  16 Beyond all question, the mystery27 of godliness28 is great: Hec appeared in a body,d29 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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                    • c 3:16 - Some manuscripts "God"
                    • d 3:16 - Or "in the flesh"