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Translation - 1Timothy Chapter 3
1 ¶ THIS is a true saying: If a man desires the
office of an elder, he aspires to a good work.
2 He who becomes an elder must be blameless, the
husband of one wife, alert mentally, sober, of good behaviour, given to
hospitality, and apt at teaching;
3 Not given to wine, not hasty to strike, not
quarrelsome, but meek, not greedy of filthy lucre;
4 One who rules well his own household and keeps his
children under submission to bring them up with all purity.
5 For if a man does not know how to rule well his own
household, how shall he take care of the church of God?
6 He should not be a recent convert, lest he become
proud and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 Moreover, he must have a good report from
outsiders, lest he fall into reproach and the snares of the devil.
8 ¶ Likewise deacons must be pure, not
double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 But they must uphold the divine mystery of faith
with a pure conscience.
10 Let these first be examined, and then let them
minister after they have been found blameless.
11 Likewise their wives must be chaste, alert
mentally, faithful in all things, and not slanderers.
12 Let the deacons be appointed from those who have
not been polygamous, ruling their children and their own households well.
13 For those who minister well earn good recognition
for themselves and grow more familiar with the faith of Jesus Christ.
14 ¶ These things I write to you, although hoping to
come to you shortly,
15 So that if I am delayed, 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 foundation of the truth.
16 Truly great is this divine mystery of
righteousness; it is revealed in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by
angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, and received up