1 Timothy Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 3

1-7 This is a true saying, If a man desires a bishop's office, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, able to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in subjection with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he falls into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he falls into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8-13 Likewise, the deacons must be grave, not double-tongued, not given too much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them serve in the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so, must their wives be reverent, not slanderers, sober, and faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served the office of a deacon well obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14-16 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

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