1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 3:1 Thys is a true saiyng. If a man couete the offyce of a byshop, he desyreth a good worke.
How bishops, and deacons, and their wives, should be qualified:
1 Timothy 3:2 Yea and a bishop muste be fautlesse the husband of one wyfe, sober discrete, hone style apparelled, harberous, apt to teache, 1 Timothy 3:3 not dronken, no fyghter, not geuen to fylthy lucre: but gentle, abhorrynge fyghtyng, abhorrynge couetousnes, 1 Timothy 3:4 and one that ruleth hys owne house honestlye, hauing children vnder obedience, wyth all honestye. 1 Timothy 3:5 For yf a man can not rule hys owne house, howe shall he care for the congregacion of God. 1 Timothy 3:6 He maye not be a yong scholer, lest he swell and fall into the iudgement of the euyll speaker. 1 Timothy 3:7 He muste also be well reported of amonge them whiche are wythout forth, lest he fall into rebuke and snare of the euyll speaker. 1 Timothy 3:8 Lykewyse muste the Deacons be honest, not double tonged, not geuen vnto much drinkynge, neyther vnto fylthy lucre: 1 Timothy 3:9 but hauing the mystery of the fayth in a pure conscience. 1 Timothy 3:10 And let them fyrste be proued, and then lette them mynyster, yf they be founde fautlesse. 1 Timothy 3:11 Euen so muste theyr wyues be honeste, not euyll speakers, but sober and faythfull in all thynges. 1 Timothy 3:12 Let the deacons be the husbandes of one wyfe, and suche as rule theyr chyldren well, and theyr owne housholdes. 1 Timothy 3:13 For they that mynyster wel, get them selues good degree and greate lybertye in the faythe whiche is in Christ Iesu.
and to what end Paul wrote to Timothy of these things.
1 Timothy 3:14 These thynges wryte I vnto the, trusting to come shortely vnto the:
Of the Church, and the blessed truth therein taught and professed.
1 Timothy 3:15 but and yf I tarye longe, that then thou mayeste yet haue knowledge howe thou oughtest to behaue thy selfe in the housse of God, whiche is the congregacyon of the lyuynge God, the pyllar & ground of trueth. 1 Timothy 3:16 And wythout naye greate is that mysterye of godlynes: God was shewed in þe fleshe, was iustified in the spirite, was sene of aungels, was preached vnto the gentils, was beleued on in earth and receyued vp in glory.