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.