5 The reason I left you in Cretep was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appointa eldersq in every town, as I directed you. 6 An elder must be blameless,r faithful to his wife, a man whose children believeb and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseers manages God’s household,t he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.u 8 Rather, he must be hospitable,v one who loves what is good,w who is self-controlled,x upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmlyy to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrinez and refute those who oppose it.
10 For there are many rebellious people, full of meaningless talka and deception, especially those of the circumcision group.b 11 They must be silenced, because they are disrupting whole householdsc by teaching things they ought not to teach—and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
Or children are trustworthy