1 Timothy 3:1-8 (New American Standard)

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Overseers and Deacons

1 1It is a trustworthy statement : if any man aspires to the 2office of aoverseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 b3An overseer, then, must be above reproach, 4the husband of one wife, 5temperate, prudent, respectable, 6hospitable, 7able to teach, 3 8not addicted to wine cor pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, 9free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who 10manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of 11the church of God ?), 6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become 12conceited and fall into the 13condemnation dincurred by the devil. 7 And he must 14have a good reputation with 15those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and 16the snare of the devil. 8 17Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not edouble-tongued, f18or addicted to much wine g19or fond of sordid gain,
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