1 Timothy 3:2-12 NIV

2 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,5

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      3 not given to drunkenness,6 not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome,7 not a lover of money.8

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      4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.9

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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?)10

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      6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited11 and fall under the same judgment12 as the devil.

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      7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,13 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.14

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      8 Deacons,15 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,16 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.17

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      10 They must first be tested;18 and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

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      11 In the same way, their wivesa are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers19 but temperate20 and trustworthy in everything.

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        • b 3:11 - Or "way, deaconesses"
          12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife21 and must manage his children and his household well.22

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