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1 Timothy 3 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Faithful is the saying, If a man seeketh the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, orderly, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 no brawler, no striker; but gentle, not contentious, no lover of money; 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 one that ruleth well his own house, having [his] children in subjection with all gravity; 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (but if a man knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)
6 not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 Moreover he must have good testimony from them that are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
8 Deacons in like manner [must be] grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, if they be blameless. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 Women in like manner [must be] grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling [their] children and their own houses well. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 For they that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly; 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how men ought to behave themselves in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, Seen of angels, Preached among the nations, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.