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III.  Faithful is the saying, if any one desires the office of overseer, he desires a good work.

2The overseer then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, discreet, orderly, hospitable, apt in teaching;

3not given to wine, not a striker, but forbearing, averse to strife, not a lover of money;

4presiding well over his own house, having his children in subjection with all decorum;

5(but if one knows not how to preside over his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

6not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the Devil.

7But he must also have a good testimony from those without, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the Devil.

8Deacons in like manner must be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of gain;

9holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10And let these also first be proved; then let them serve as deacons, being without reproach.

11[Their] wives in like manner must be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12Let the deacons be husbands of one wife, presiding well over their children and their own houses.

13For they that have served well as deacons obtain for themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14These things I write to thee, hoping to come to thee shortly;

15but if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to conduct thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

16And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness; God was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the Gentiles, was believed on in the world, was received up in glory.