1 Timothy 3:9-16 NIV

9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.1

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10 They must first be tested;2 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 talkers3 but temperate4 and trustworthy in everything.

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    • b 3:11 - Or "way, deaconesses"
      12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife5 and must manage his children and his household well.6

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          13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
          14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
          15 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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          16 Beyond all question, the mystery9 of godliness10 is great: Heb appeared in a body,c11 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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            • c 3:16 - Some manuscripts "God"
            • d 3:16 - Or "in the flesh"