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Chapter 3

1st Tim. 3:1 This is a worthy saying, if anyone yearns to oversee, he has set his passion upon a noble work.

1st Tim. 3:2 An overseer then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, self-controlled, of good behavior, given to hospitality, able to teach;

1st Tim. 3:3 not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of money; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

1st Tim. 3:4 one that leads with care well before his own house, having his children in subjection with all reverence;

1st Tim. 3:5 (for if a man does not know how to lead with care his own house, how will he take care of the Assembly of God?)

1st Tim. 3:6 Not a new believer, unless being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation by the Devil.

1st Tim. 3:7 Moreover he must have a good reputation with those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the Devil.

1st Tim. 3:8 Likewise the deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not obsessed with much wine, not greedy for money;

1st Tim. 3:9 holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1st Tim. 3:10 And let these also first be tested; then let them serve, being found blameless.

1st Tim. 3:11 Even so must their wives be respectable, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

1st Tim. 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, lead with care for their children and their own houses well.

1st Tim. 3:13 For they that have served well gain for themselves a good status, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

1st Tim. 3:14 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly:

1st Tim. 3:15 but if postponed, that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the Assembly of the living God, the pillar and base of the reality.

1st Tim. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the nations, believed on in the world, received up into glory.