The saying is 1trustworthy: If anyone aspires to 2the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.
Therefore 3an overseera must be above reproach, 4the husband of one wife,b5sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, 6hospitable, 7able to teach,
not a drunkard, not violent but 8gentle, not quarrelsome, 9not a lover of money.
He must manage his own household well, with all dignity 10keeping his children submissive,
for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for 11God's church?
He must not be a recent convert, or he may 12become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Moreover, he must be well thought of by 13outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into 14a snare of the devil.