1 Timothy 3:4-14 NIV

4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.1

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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?)2

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6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited3 and fall under the same judgment4 as the devil.

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7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,5 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.6

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8 Deacons,7 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,8 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.9

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10 They must first be tested;10 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 talkers11 but temperate12 and trustworthy in everything.

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    • b 3:11 - Or "way, deaconesses"
      12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife13 and must manage his children and his household well.14

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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,