The New King James Version

1 Timothy 3:1–7

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Qualifications of Overseers

3 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a 1bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not 2given to wine, not violent, 3not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not 4covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a 5novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the asnare of the devil.

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Lit. overseer




NU omits not greedy for money


loving money


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