The saying is 1trustworthy: If anyone aspires to 2the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
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Therefore 3an overseer must be above reproach, 4the husband of one wife,5sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, 6hospitable, 7able to teach,
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not a drunkard, not violent but 8gentle, not quarrelsome, 9not a lover of money.
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He must manage his own household well, with all dignity 10keeping his children submissive,
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for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for 11God's church?
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[See ver. 1 above]
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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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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15Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,16not addicted to much wine, 17not greedy for dishonest gain.
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They must 18hold the mystery of the faith with 19a clear conscience.
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And 20let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.
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21Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, 22faithful in all things.
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Let deacons each be 23the husband of one wife, 24managing their children and their own households well.
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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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I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,
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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.
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: 26He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, 27seen by angels, 28proclaimed among the nations, 29believed on in the world, 30taken up in glory.
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