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

 
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1 The saying is sure: If any one aspires to the office of bishop, he desires a noble task. 1 Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task.
2 Now a bishop must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, dignified, hospitable, an apt teacher, 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
3 no drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, and no lover of money. 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children submissive and respectful in every way; 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 household, how can he care for 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 He must not be a recent convert, or he may be puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of 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 moreover he must be well thought of by outsiders, or he may fall into reproach and the 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 likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for gain; 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 the mystery 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 let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless 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 The women likewise must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things. 11 In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12 Let deacons be the husband of one wife, and let them manage their children and their households 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 serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.