1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover * he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
10 And let these also first be proved ; then let them use the office of a deacon , being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
15 But if I tarry long , that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.