1 Timothy 3
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Qualifications for Overseers

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1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.1The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task.1It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.1This saying is trustworthy: "If anyone aspires to be an overseer, he desires a noble work."
2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,2Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,2An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;2An overseer, therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher,
3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.3not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.3not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;3not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy--
4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.4He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,4He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;4one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.
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5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)5for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church?5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God's church?)
6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil.6and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.6He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.
7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.7Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.7And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.7Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil's trap.

Qualifications for Deacons

(Acts 6:1-7)

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8In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain.8Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,8Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;8Deacons, likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money,
9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.9They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.9but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.9holding the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.10And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless.10These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.10And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.
11In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.11Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things.11Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.11Wives, too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled, faithful in everything.
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12A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well.12Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well.12Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.12Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.
13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.13For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.13For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.13For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery of Godliness

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14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that,14I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that,14I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long;14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:14I write these things to you, hoping to come to you soon.
15if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.15if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.15but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.15But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
16Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory.16Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.16By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.16And most certainly, the mystery of godliness is great: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.



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