1 Timothy 3:1-13 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 It is a true saying that if someone wants to be an elder, he desires an honorable responsibility. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 For an elder must be a man whose life cannot be spoken against. He must be faithful to his wife. He must exhibit self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home and 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 heavy drinker or be violent. He must be gentle, peace loving, and not one who loves 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, with children who respect and obey him. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
5 For if a man cannot manage his own household, 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 An elder must not be a new Christian, because he might be proud of being chosen so soon, and the Devil will use that pride to make him fall. 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.
7 Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not fall into the Devil's trap and be disgraced. 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 people who are respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers and must not 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 must be committed to the revealed truths of the Christian faith and must live with a clear conscience. 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.
10 Before they are appointed as deacons, they should be given other responsibilities in the church as a test of their character and ability. If they do well, then they may serve as deacons. 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 respected and must not speak evil of others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do. 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, and he must manage his children and household well. 12 A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well.
13 Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence 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.