Now the overseer must be above reproach,1 the husband of but one wife,2 temperate,3 self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,4 able to teach,53
not given to drunkenness,6 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,7 not a lover of money.84
He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.95
(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)106
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited11 and fall under the same judgment12 as the devil.
He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,13 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.148
Deacons,15 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,16 and not pursuing dishonest gain.
They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.1710
They must first be tested;18 and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
In the same way, their wivesa are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers19 but temperate20 and trustworthy in everything.
A deacon must be the husband of but one wife21 and must manage his children and his household well.22