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  • 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 are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.

  • 9 They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

  • 10 They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

  • 11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.

  • 12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.

  • 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

  • 14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,

  • 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 Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, 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.

  • 1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

  • 2 Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.

  • 3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

  • 4 For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,

  • 5 because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.

  • 6 If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.

  • 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.

  • 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.

  • 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance.

  • 10 That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.