1 Timothy 3 ESV

Qualifications for Overseers

1 The saying is 1trustworthy: If anyone aspires to 2the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.

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2 Therefore 3an overseera must be above reproach, 4the husband of one wife,b5sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, 6hospitable, 7able to teach,

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    • f 3:2 - Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1
    • g 3:2 - Or a man of one woman; also verse 12
      3 not a drunkard, not violent but 8gentle, not quarrelsome, 9not a lover of money.

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      4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity 10keeping his children submissive,

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        • 83 3:4 - [ver. 12]
          5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for 11God's church?

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            • 84 3:5 - [See ver. 1 above]
              6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may 12become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.

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              7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by 13outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into 14a snare of the devil.

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              Qualifications for Deacons

              8 15Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,c16not addicted to much wine, 17not greedy for dishonest gain.

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                • h 3:8 - Or devious in speech
                  9 They must 18hold the mystery of the faith with 19a clear conscience.

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                  10 And 20let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.

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                  11 21Their wives likewise mustd be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, 22faithful in all things.

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                    • i 3:11 - Or Wives, likewise, must, or Women, likewise, must
                      12 Let deacons each be 23the husband of one wife, 24managing their children and their own households well.

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                        • 96 3:12 - ver. 2, 4
                        • 97 3:12 - ver. 2, 4
                          13 For 25those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

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                          The Mystery of Godliness

                          14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,

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                              15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.
                              16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: 26Hee was manifested in the flesh, vindicatedf by the Spirit,g 27seen by angels, 28proclaimed among the nations, 29believed on in the world, 30taken up in glory.

                              References for 1 Timothy 3:16

                                • j 3:16 - Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
                                • k 3:16 - Or justified
                                • l 3:16 - Or vindicated in spirit