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1 Timothy 2:1–3:13

Pray for All Men

2 Therefore I 1exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, afor kings and ball who are in 2authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and 3reverence. For this is cgood and acceptable in the sight dof God our Savior, ewho desires all men to be saved fand to come to the knowledge of the truth. gFor there is one God and hone Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, iwho gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, jfor which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am speaking the truth 4in Christ and not lying—ka teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Men and Women in the Church

I desire therefore that the men pray leverywhere, mlifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the nwomen adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and 5moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, 10 obut, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. 11 Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. 12 And pI do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression. 15 Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.

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.

Qualifications of Deacons

Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, bnot given to much wine, not greedy for money, 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.

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