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1 Timothy 3 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This is a true saying: If a man is eager to be a church leader, he desires an excellent work. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 A church leader must be without fault; he must have only one wife, be sober, self-controlled, and orderly; he must welcome strangers in 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 be a drunkard or a violent man, but gentle and peaceful; he must not love money; 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 he must be able to manage his own family well and make his children obey him with all respect. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can 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 He must be mature in the faith, so that he will not swell up with pride and be condemned, as the Devil was. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 He should be a man who is respected by the people outside the church, so that he will not be disgraced and 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 Church helpers must also have a good character and be sincere; they must not drink too much wine or be greedy for money; 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 they should hold to the revealed truth of the faith with a clear conscience. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 They should be tested first, and then, if they pass the test, they are to serve. 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11 Their wives also must be of good character and must not gossip; they must be sober and honest 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 church helper must have only one wife, and be able to 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 helpers who do their work well win for themselves a good standing and are able to speak boldly about 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 As I write this letter to you, I hope to come and see you soon. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 But if I delay, this letter will let you know how we should conduct ourselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support 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 No one can deny how great is the secret of our religion: He appeared in human form, was shown to be right by the Spirit, and was seen by angels. He was preached among the nations, was believed in throughout the world, and was taken up to heaven. 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.