1 Timothy 3:1–16
3 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a 1bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not 2given to wine, not violent, 3not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not 4covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a 5novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the asnare of the devil.
8 Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, bnot given to much wine, not greedy for money, 9 holding the 6mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. 10 But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being found blameless. 11 Likewise, their wives must be reverent, not 7slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13 For those who have served well as deacons cobtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14 These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; 15 but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and 8ground of the truth. 16 And without controversy great is the 9mystery of godliness:
eJustified in the Spirit,
fSeen by angels,
gPreached among the Gentiles,
hBelieved on in the world,
iReceived up in glory.