Qualifications for Overseers

The saying is (A)trustworthy: If anyone aspires to (B)the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore (C)an overseer[a] must be above reproach, (D)the husband of one wife,[b] (E)sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, (F)hospitable, (G)able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but (H)gentle, not quarrelsome, (I)not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity (J)keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for (K)God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may (L)become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by (M)outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into (N)a snare of the devil.

Qualifications for Deacons

(O)Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,[c] (P)not addicted to much wine, (Q)not greedy for dishonest gain. They must (R)hold the mystery of the faith with (S)a clear conscience. 10 And (T)let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 (U)Their wives likewise[d] must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, (V)faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be (W)the husband of one wife, (X)managing their children and their own households well. 13 For (Y)those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery of Godliness

14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if 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. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

(Z)He[e] was manifested in the flesh,
    vindicated[f] by the Spirit,[g]
        (AA)seen by angels,
(AB)proclaimed among the nations,
    (AC)believed on in the world,
        (AD)taken up in glory.

Some Will Depart from the Faith

Now (AE)the Spirit expressly says that (AF)in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to (AG)deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of (AH)liars whose consciences are seared, (AI)who forbid marriage and (AJ)require abstinence from foods (AK)that God created (AL)to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For (AM)everything created by God is good, and (AN)nothing is to be rejected if it is (AO)received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy (AP)by the word of God and prayer.

A Good Servant of Christ Jesus

(AQ)If you put these things before the brothers,[h] you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have (AR)followed. Have nothing to do with irreverent, (AS)silly myths. Rather (AT)train yourself for godliness; for while (AU)bodily training is of some value, godliness (AV)is of value in every way, as (AW)it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is (AX)trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive,[i] because we have our hope set on the living God, (AY)who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.

11 Command and teach (AZ)these things. 12 (BA)Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers (BB)an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 (BC)Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you (BD)by prophecy when the council of elders (BE)laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,[j] so that (BF)all may see your progress. 16 (BG)Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save (BH)both yourself and (BI)your hearers.


  1. 1 Timothy 3:2 Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1
  2. 1 Timothy 3:2 Or a man of one woman; also verse 12
  3. 1 Timothy 3:8 Or devious in speech
  4. 1 Timothy 3:11 Or Wives likewise, or Women likewise
  5. 1 Timothy 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
  6. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or justified
  7. 1 Timothy 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit
  8. 1 Timothy 4:6 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
  9. 1 Timothy 4:10 Some manuscripts and suffer reproach
  10. 1 Timothy 4:15 Greek be in them

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