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1 This is a true saying, A man desiring the position of a Bishop has a desire for 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, then, is to be a man of good name, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, serious-minded, having respect for order, opening his house freely to guests, a ready teacher; 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 Not quickly moved to wrath or blows, but gentle; no fighter, no lover of money; 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 Ruling his house well, having his children under control with all serious behaviour; 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (For if a man has not the art of ruling his house, how will 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 one newly taken into the church, for fear that, through his high opinion of himself, he may come into the same sin as the Evil One. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 And he is to have a good name among those outside the church, so that nothing may be said against him and he may not be taken by the designs of the Evil One. 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 the same way, are to be serious in their behaviour, not false in word, not given to taking much wine or greatly desiring the wealth of this world; 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 Keeping the secret of the faith in a heart free from sin. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 And let these first be put to the test; then let them become Deacons if there is nothing against them. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 Women are to be serious in behaviour, saying no evil of others, controlling themselves, true 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 houses well. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 For those who have done good work as Deacons get for themselves a good position and become free from fear 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 I am writing these things to you, though I am hoping to come to you before long; 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 But if I am long in coming, this will make clear to you what behaviour is right for men in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and base of what is true. 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 argument, great is the secret of religion: He who was seen in the flesh, who was given God's approval in the spirit, was seen by the angels, of whom the good news was given among the nations, in whom the world had faith, who was taken 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.