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Faithful [is] the word: if anyone is eager for oversight, he is desirous of a good work.
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The overseer therefore must be irreproachable, husband of one wife, temperate, sober, orderly, hospitable, apt to teach,
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not given to wine, no striker, but gentle, not contentious, not fond of money,
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one that ruleth well his own house, having children in subjection with all gravity,
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(but if one knoweth not how to rule his own house, how shall he care for God’s assembly?),
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not a novice, lest being puffed up he fall into the devil’s charge.
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But he must also have good testimony from those without, lest he fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
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Deacons likewise [must be] grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of base gain,
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holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
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And let these also be first proved, then let them serve as deacons, being blameless.
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Women likewise [must be] grave, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
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Let deacons be husbands of one wife, ruling [their] children and their own houses well;
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for those that have served well as deacons gain for themselves a good degree, and great boldness in faith that is in Christ Jesus.
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These things write I to thee, hoping to come unto thee rather quickly;
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but if I should tarry, that thou mayest know how one ought to behave in God’s house, seeing it is a living God’s assembly, pillar and groundwork of the truth.
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And confessedly great is the mystery of piety: he who was manifested in flesh, was justified in Spirit, appeared unto angels, was preached among Gentiles, was believed on in [the] world, was received up in glory.