Timothy (The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to )

1. Timothy, Chapter 3

Stedfast [is] the word: If any one the oversight doth long for, a right work he desireth;

it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach,

not given to wine, not a striker, not given to filthy lucre, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money,

his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity,

(and if any one his own house [how] to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)

not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil;

and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.

Ministrants -- in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,

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having the secret of the faith in a pure conscience,

and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable.

Women -- in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things.

Ministrants -- let them be of one wife husbands; the children leading well, and their own houses,

for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that [is] in Christ Jesus.

These things I write to thee, hoping to come unto thee soon,

and if I delay, that thou mayest know how it behoveth [thee] to conduct thyself in the house of God, which is an assembly of the living God -- a pillar and foundation of the truth,

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and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!

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