8 In the same way, deaconsa are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
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    • e 3:8 - The word "deacons" refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1.
      9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
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      10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
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      11 In the same way, the womenb are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
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        • f 3:11 - Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons
          12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.
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              13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

              Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

              14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
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                  15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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                  16 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit,cwas seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.
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                    • g 3:16 - Or "vindicated in spirit"