Monday, February 10, 2014

1 Timothy 3 (KJV)

1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant (attentive), sober (clear headed), of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt (suitable) to teach;
3 Not given to wine, no striker (troublemaker), not greedy of filthy lucre (income); but patient, not a brawler (competitor), not covetous (selfish);
4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection (servitude) with all gravity (seriousness);
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice (beginner), lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation (judgment) of the devil.
7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach (sentence) and the snare (lure) of the devil.

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave (strictly business), not doubletongued (Saying one thing to one person and something different to another; double talking; deceitful in speech.) , not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre (wealth);
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave (quiet), not slanderers (naggers), sober (calm), faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase (invest) to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.


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