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1 Timothy 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Leaders in the Church
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:1 - This is a trustworthy saying: “If someone aspires to be an elder,[fn] he desires an honorable position.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:2 - So an elder must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[fn] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:3 - He must not be a heavy drinker[fn] or be violent. He must be gentle, not quarrelsome, and not love money.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:4 - He must manage his own family well, having children who respect and obey him.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:5 - For if a man cannot manage his own household, how can he take care of God’s church?
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:6 - An elder must not be a new believer, because he might become proud, and the devil would cause him to fall.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:7 - Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:8 - In the same way, deacons must be well respected and have integrity. They must not be heavy drinkers or dishonest with money.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:9 - They must be committed to the mystery of the faith now revealed and must live with a clear conscience.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:10 - Before they are appointed as deacons, let them be closely examined. If they pass the test, then let them serve as deacons.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:11 - In the same way, their wives[fn] must be respected and must not slander others. They must exercise self-control and be faithful in everything they do.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:12 - A deacon must be faithful to his wife, and he must manage his children and household well.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:13 - Those who do well as deacons will be rewarded with respect from others and will have increased confidence in their faith in Christ Jesus.
The Truths of Our Faith
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:14 - I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:15 - so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ti 3:16 - Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith[fn]:
Christ[fn] was revealed in a human body
and vindicated by the Spirit.[fn]
He was seen by angels
and announced to the nations.
He was believed in throughout the world
and taken to heaven in glory.
NLT Footnotes
Or an overseer, or a bishop; also in 3:2, 6.
Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12.
Greek must not drink too much wine; similarly in 3:8.
Or he might fall into the same judgment as the devil.
Or the women deacons. The Greek word can be translated women or wives.
Or of godliness.
Greek He who; other manuscripts read God.
Or in his spirit.

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