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1 What I say is true: Anyone wanting to become an elder desires a good work. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 An elder must not give people a reason to criticize him, and he must have only one wife. He must be self-controlled, wise, respected by others, ready to welcome guests, and 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 too much wine or like to fight, but rather be gentle and peaceable, not loving money. 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must be a good family leader, having children who cooperate with full respect. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 (If someone does not know how to lead the family, how can that person 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 But an elder must not be a new believer, or he might be too proud of himself and be judged guilty just 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 An elder must also have the respect of people who are not in the church so he will not be criticized by others and caught in 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 In the same way, deacons must be respected by others, not saying things they do not mean. They must not drink too much wine or try to get rich by cheating others. 8 Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.
9 With a clear conscience they must follow the secret of the faith that God made known to us. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 Test them first. Then let them serve as deacons if you find nothing wrong in 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, womenn must be respected by others. They must not speak evil of others. They must be self-controlled and trustworthy 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 Deacons must have only one wife and be good leaders of their children and their own families. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 Those who serve well as deacons are making an honorable place for themselves, and they will be very bold in 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 Although I hope I can come to you soon, I am writing these things to you now. 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,
15 Then, even if I am delayed, you will know how to live in the family of God. That family is the church of the living God, the support 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 Without doubt, the secret of our life of worship is great: He was shown to us in a human body, proved right in spirit, and seen by angels. He was preached to those who are not Jews, believed in by the world, and 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.