1 Timothy 3:8-13 NIV

8 Deacons,1 likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,2 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.3

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10 They must first be tested;4 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 talkers5 but temperate6 and trustworthy in everything.

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    • b 3:11 - Or "way, deaconesses"
      12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife7 and must manage his children and his household well.8

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          13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.