1 Timothy 3:1-7 (English Standard Version)

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Qualifications for Overseers

1 The saying is 1trustworthy: If anyone aspires to 2the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore 3an overseera must be above reproach, 4the husband of one wife,b5sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, 6hospitable, 7able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but 8gentle, not quarrelsome, 9not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity 10keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for 11God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may 12become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 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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