1 Timothy 3

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)

1The Word is faithful, If anyone desires the office of a bishop, {to be a pastor or elder in the congregation}, he desires a difficult ministry. 2It is expedient, therefore, that the bishop be blameless, the husband of only one wife, vigilant, temperate, of worldly affections mortified, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3not given to wine, not hurtful, not greedy of dishonest gain, but gentle, not contentious, not covetous; 4one that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all integrity; 5(for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of God?) 6not a novice, lest being puffed up, he fall into judgment of the devil. 7Moreover he must have a good report of those who are outside lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8Likewise the deacons must be honest, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of dishonest gain; 9holding the mystery of the faith together with a pure conscience. 10And let these also first be proved; then let them minister, if they are blameless. 11The wives likewise are to be honest, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things. 12Let the deacons be the husbands of only one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 13For those that minister well purchase to themselves a good degree and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly 15But if I tarry long, that thou may know how it is expedient to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} of the living God, the pillar and base of the truth. 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.