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1 Timothy 3:8–12

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In the same way, deaconsb m are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,n and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.o 10 They must first be tested;p and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the womenc are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkersq but temperater and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wifes and must manage his children and his household well.t

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The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; and in Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1.

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Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons

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