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1 Faithful is the saying, "If any one is eager to have the oversight of a Church, he desires a noble work." 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 A minister then must be a man of irreproachable character, true to his one wife, temperate, sober-minded, well-behaved, hospitable to strangers, and with a gift for teaching; 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 not a hard drinker nor given to blows; not selfish or quarrelsome or covetous; 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 but ruling his own household wisely and well, with children kept under control with true dignity. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (If a man does not know how to rule his own household, how shall he have the Church of God given into his care?) 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)
6 He ought not to be a new convert, for fear he should be blinded with pride and come under the same condemnation as 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 It is needful also that he bear a good character with people outside the Church, lest he fall into reproach or a 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 the same way, must be men of serious demeanour, not double-tongued, nor addicted to much wine, nor greedy of base gain, 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 but holding the secret truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 And they must also be well-tried men, and when found to be of unblemished character then let them serve as deacons. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 Deaconesses, in the same way, must be sober-minded women, not slanderers, but in every way temperate and trustworthy. 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 true to his one wife, and rule his children and his own household wisely and 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 filled the deacon's office wisely and well, are already gaining for themselves an honourable standing, and are acquiring great freedom of speech in proclaiming the faith which rests on Christ Jesus. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
14 All this I write to you, though I am hoping before long to come to see you. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 But, for fear I may be hindered, I now write, so that you may have rules to guide you in dealing with God's household. For this is what the Church of the ever-living God is, and it is the pillar and foundation-stone 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, beyond controversy, great is the mystery of our religion-- that Christ appeared in human form, and His claims justified by the Spirit, was seen by angels and proclaimed among Gentile nations, was believed on in the world, and received up again into 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.