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3:10 be tested first. This is probably not a reference to a specific testing period, but rather a careful examination of their conduct and their commitment to sound teaching.
prove themselves blameless. Paul uses the same Greek word in regard to overseers in Titus 1:6, 7; his requirement that overseers be “above reproach” in v. 2 (note) uses a Greek synonym.