1 The saying is sure: whoever aspires to the office of bishop desires a noble task.

References for 1 Timothy 3:1

    • a 3:1 - Some interpreters place these words at the end of the previous paragraph. Other ancient authorities read [The saying is commonly accepted]
    • b 3:1 - Or [overseer]
      2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, married only once, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an apt teacher,

      References for 1 Timothy 3:2

        • c 3:2 - Or [an overseer]
        • d 3:2 - Gk [the husband of one wife]
          3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and not a lover of money.
          4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way—
          5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how can he take care of God's church?
          6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
          7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace and the snare of the devil.
          8 Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money;
          9 they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
          10 And let them first be tested; then, if they prove themselves blameless, let them serve as deacons.
          11 Women likewise must be serious, not slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.

          References for 1 Timothy 3:11

            • e 3:11 - Or [Their wives], or [Women deacons]
              12 Let deacons be married only once, and let them manage their children and their households well;

              References for 1 Timothy 3:12

                • f 3:12 - Gk [be husbands of one wife]
                  13 for those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.