They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.1
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They must first be tested;2 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 talkers3 but temperate4 and trustworthy in everything.
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A deacon must be the husband of but one wife5 and must manage his children and his household well.6
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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 church7 of the living God,8 the pillar and foundation of the truth.
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Beyond all question, the mystery9 of godliness10 is great: He appeared in a body,11 was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations,12 was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.13
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