He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.1
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(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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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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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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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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They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.9
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They must first be tested;10 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 talkers11 but temperate12 and trustworthy in everything.
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A deacon must be the husband of but one wife13 and must manage his children and his household well.14
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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,