10 They must first be tested;(A) and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

11 In the same way, the women[a] are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers(B) but temperate(C) and trustworthy in everything.

12 A deacon must be faithful to his wife(D) and must manage his children and his household well.(E) 13 Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Reasons for Paul’s Instructions

14 Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15 if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church(F) of the living God,(G) the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Beyond all question, the mystery(H) from which true godliness(I) springs is great:

He appeared in the flesh,(J)
    was vindicated by the Spirit,[b]
was seen by angels,
    was preached among the nations,(K)
was believed on in the world,
    was taken up in glory.(L)

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  1. 1 Timothy 3:11 Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons
  2. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit

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