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1 Timothy 3

1 Timothy 3:1  
This is a faithful saying: someone who seeks to be an overseer desires a good work.

1 Timothy 3:2  
The overseer therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, modest, hospitable, good at teaching;

1 Timothy 3:3  
not a drinker, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous;

1 Timothy 3:4  
one who rules his own house well, having children in subjection with all reverence;

1 Timothy 3:5  
(for how could someone who doesn’t know how to rule his own house take care of God’s assembly?)

1 Timothy 3:6  
not a new convert, lest being puffed up he fall into the same condemnation as the devil.

1 Timothy 3:7  
Moreover he must have good testimony from those who are outside, to avoid falling into reproach and the snare of the devil.

1 Timothy 3:8  
Servants, in the same way, must be reverent, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for money,

1 Timothy 3:9  
holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 3:10  
Let them also first be tested; then let them serve if they are blameless.

1 Timothy 3:11  
Their wives in the same way must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, and faithful in all things.

1 Timothy 3:12  
Let servants be husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.

1 Timothy 3:13  
For those who have served well gain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:14  
These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly,

1 Timothy 3:15  
but if I wait long, that you may know how men ought to behave themselves in God’s house, which is the assembly of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:16  
Without controversy, the mystery of godliness is great: God was revealed in the flesh, justified in the spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, and received up in glory.


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