1 Timothy 3 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Here is a saying you can trust. If anyone wants to be a leader in the church, he wants to do a good work for God and people. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 A leader must be free from blame. He must be faithful to his wife. In anything he does, he must not go too far. He must control himself. He must be worthy of respect. He must welcome people into his home. He must 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 get drunk. He must not push people around. He must be gentle. He must not be a person who likes to argue. He must not 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. He must make sure that his children obey him and show him proper respect. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 Suppose someone doesn't know how to manage his own family. Then 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 The leader must not be a new believer. If he is, he might become proud. Then he would be judged just like 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 The leader must also be respected by those who are outside the church. Then he will not be put to shame. He will not fall into the devil's trap. 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 also must be worthy of respect. They must be honest and true. They must not drink too much wine. They must not try to get money by cheating people. 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 They must hold on to the deep truths of the faith. Even their own minds tell them to do that. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 First they must be tested. Then let them serve as 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 In the same way, their wives must be worthy of respect. They must not say things that harm others. In anything they do, they must not go too far. They must be worthy of trust in everything. 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 be faithful to his wife. He must manage his children and family well. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 Those who have served well earn the full respect of others. They also become more sure 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 I can come to you soon. But now I am writing these directions to you. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 Then if I have to put off my visit, you will know how you should act in God's family. The family of God is the church of the living God. It is 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 There is no doubt that godliness is a great mystery. Jesus appeared in a body. The Holy Spirit proved that he was the Son of God. He was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations. People in the world believed in him. He was taken up 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.