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1 Timothy 3:6-16 (New American Standard)

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6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become 1conceited and fall into the 2condemnation aincurred by the devil. 7 And he must 3have a good reputation with 4those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and 5the snare of the devil. 8 6Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not bdouble-tongued, c7or addicted to much wine d8or fond of sordid gain, 9 9but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 10These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 eWomen must likewise be dignified, 11not malicious gossips, but 12temperate, faithful in all things. 12 13Deacons must be 14husbands of only one wife, and f15good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons 16obtain for themselves a ghigh standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long; 15 but hin case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how ione ought to conduct himself in 17the household of God, which is the 18church of 19the living God, the 20pillar and support of the truth. 16 By common confession, great is 21the mystery of godliness: He who was 22revealed in the flesh, Was j23vindicated kin the Spirit, 24Seen by angels, 25Proclaimed among the nations, 26Believed on in the world, 27Taken up in glory.
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