3 This saying is trustworthy: w x “If anyone aspires to be an * overseer, y he desires a noble work.” 2 An overseer, z therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, a respectable, hospitable, b an able teacher, c 3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy d— 4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil. e 7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s f trap.
3:1 “This saying is trustworthy” could refer to 1Tm 2:15.
3:2 Or hospitable, skillful in teaching