He must also have a good reputation with outsiders,1 so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.2
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Deacons,3 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,4 and not pursuing dishonest gain.
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They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.5
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They must first be tested;6 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 talkers7 but temperate8 and trustworthy in everything.
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A deacon must be the husband of but one wife9 and must manage his children and his household well.10
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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,
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church11 of the living God,12 the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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Beyond all question, the mystery13 of godliness14 is great: He appeared in a body,15 was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations,16 was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.17
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