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1 Timothy 3:1–7

Qualifications of Church Leaders

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

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3:1 “This saying is trustworthy” could refer to 1Tm 2:15.

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3:2 Or hospitable, skillful in teaching

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