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1 Timothy 3 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is a statement that can be trusted: If anyone sets his heart on being a bishop, he desires something excellent. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 A bishop must have a good reputation. He must have only one wife, be sober, use good judgment, be respectable, be hospitable, and be able 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 He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but he must be gentle. He must not be quarrelsome or love money. 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must manage his own family well. His children should respectfully obey him. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (If a man doesn't know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)
6 He must not be a new Christian, or he might become arrogant like the devil and be condemned. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 People who are not Christians must speak well of him, or he might become the victim of disgraceful insults that the devil sets as traps for him. 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 must also be of good character. They must not be two-faced or addicted to alcohol. They must not use shameful ways to make money. 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 They must have clear consciences about possessing the mystery of the Christian faith. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 First, a person must be evaluated. Then, if he has a good reputation, he may become a deacon. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 Their wives must also be of good character. They must not be gossips, but they must control their tempers and be trustworthy in every way. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 A deacon must have only one wife. Deacons must manage their children and their families well. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 Those deacons who serve well gain an excellent reputation and will have confidence as a result of their faith in Christ Jesus. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
14 I hope to visit you soon. However, I'm writing this to you 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 in case I'm delayed. I want you to know how people who are members of God's family must live. God's family is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation 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 The mystery that gives us our reverence for God is acknowledged to be great: He appeared in his human nature, was approved by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was announced throughout the nations, was believed in the world, and was taken to heaven 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.