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1 Timothy 3 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Overseers and Deacons

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It is a trustworthy saying: if any man aspires to the office of [fn]overseer, he desires a good work.

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:2 - [fn]An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:3 - not addicted to wine [fn]or pugnacious, but considerate, peaceable, free from the love of money;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:4 - leading his own household well, having his children in submission with all dignity
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:5 - (but if a man does not know how to lead his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:6 - and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the devil.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:7 - And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
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Deacons likewise must be dignified, not [fn]double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not fond of dishonest gain,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:9 - but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:10 - And these men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:11 - [fn]Women must likewise be dignified, not malicious gossips, but temperate, faithful in all things.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:12 - Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, leading their children and their own households well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:13 - For those who have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a [fn]high standing and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.
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I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you soon,

Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:15 - but [fn]in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how [fn]one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:16 - And by common confession, great is the mystery of godliness:

He who was manifested in the flesh,

Was [fn]vindicated [fn]in the Spirit,

Seen by angels,

Proclaimed among the nations,

Believed on in the world,

Taken up in glory.

LSB Footnotes
Or bishop
Lit The
Lit not
Or given to double-talk
Either deacons’ wives or deaconesses
Lit good
Lit if I delay
Or you ought to conduct yourself
Or justified
Or by

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