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1 Timothy 3:8-16

Qualifications for Deacons

8Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,3 not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11Their wives likewise must4 be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13For 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

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

He5 was manifested in the flesh,

vindicated6 by the Spirit,7

seen by angels,

proclaimed among the nations,

believed on in the world,

taken up in glory.

Footnotes

  • 3 3:8 Or devious in speech
  • 4 3:11 Or Wives, likewise, must, or Women, likewise, must
  • 5 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which
  • 6 3:16 Or justified
  • 7 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit