1 Timothy 3
1 Timothy 3:1 Stedfast [is] the word: If any one the oversight doth long for, a right work he desireth;
How bishops, and deacons, and their wives, should be qualified:
1 Timothy 3:2 it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach, 1 Timothy 3:3 not given to wine, not a striker, not given to filthy lucre, but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money, 1 Timothy 3:4 his own house leading well, having children in subjection with all gravity, 1 Timothy 3:5 (and if any one his own house [how] to lead hath not known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?) 1 Timothy 3:6 not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to a judgment of the devil; 1 Timothy 3:7 and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:8 Ministrantsin like manner grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre, 1 Timothy 3:9 having the secret of the faith in a pure conscience, 1 Timothy 3:10 and let these also first be proved, then let them minister, being unblameable. 1 Timothy 3:11 Womenin like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant, faithful in all things. 1 Timothy 3:12 Ministrantslet them be of one wife husbands; the children leading well, and their own houses, 1 Timothy 3:13 for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do acquire, and much boldness in faith that [is] in Christ Jesus.
and to what end Paul wrote to Timothy of these things.
1 Timothy 3:14 These things I write to thee, hoping to come unto thee soon,
Of the Church, and the blessed truth therein taught and professed.
1 Timothy 3:15 and if I delay, that thou mayest know how it behoveth [thee] to conduct thyself in the house of God, which is an assembly of the living Goda pillar and foundation of the truth, 1 Timothy 3:16 and, confessedly, great is the secret of pietyGod was manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!