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1 Timothy 3:9-16 (New American Standard)

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9 1but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 2These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach. 11 aWomen must likewise be dignified, 3not malicious gossips, but 4temperate, faithful in all things. 12 5Deacons must be 6husbands of only one wife, and b7good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons 8obtain for themselves a chigh 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 din case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how eone ought to conduct himself in 9the household of God, which is the 10church of 11the living God, the 12pillar and support of the truth. 16 By common confession, great is 13the mystery of godliness: He who was 14revealed in the flesh, Was f15vindicated gin the Spirit, 16Seen by angels, 17Proclaimed among the nations, 18Believed on in the world, 19Taken up in glory.
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