Qualifications For Overseers

1 (A)It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the (B)office of (a)overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.

1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.

1 This saying is trustworthy:(a)(A) “If anyone aspires to be an overseer,(B) he desires a noble work.”

1 This is a trustworthy saying: The one who would an elder be, a noble task desires he.

1 This is a faithful and trustworthy saying: if any man [eagerly] seeks the office of (a)overseer (bishop, superintendent), he desires an excellent task.

2 (b)(C)An overseer, then, must be above reproach, (D)the husband of one wife, (E)temperate, prudent, respectable, (F)hospitable, (G)able to teach,

2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

2 An overseer,(C) therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible,(D) respectable, hospitable,(E) an able teacher,(b)

2 Therefore, an elder must be blameless, the husband of one wife, stable, sensible, respectable, hospitable to strangers, and teachable.

2 Now an overseer must be blameless and beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

3 (H)not addicted to wine (c)or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, (I)free from the love of money.

3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

3 not addicted to wine, not a bully but gentle, not quarrelsome, not greedy(F)

3 He must not drink excessively or be a violent person, but instead be gentle. He must not be argumentative or love money.

3 not addicted to wine, not (b)a bully nor quick-tempered and hot-headed, but gentle and considerate, free from the love of money [not greedy for wealth and its inherent power—financially ethical].

4 He must be one who (J)manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity

4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

4 one who manages his own household competently, having his children under control with all dignity.

4 He must manage his own family well and have children who are submissive and respectful in every way.

4 He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity [keeping them respectful and well-behaved]

5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of (K)the church of God?),

5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of God’s church?)

5 For if a man does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?

5 (for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?).

6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become (L)conceited and fall into the (M)condemnation (d)incurred by the devil.

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

6 He must not be a new convert, or he might become conceited and fall into the condemnation of the Devil.(G)

6 He must not be a recent convert, so that he won't become arrogant and fall into the Devil's condemnation.

6 and He must not be a new convert, so that he will not [behave stupidly and] become conceited [by appointment to this high office] and fall into the [same] condemnation incurred by the devil [for his arrogance and pride].(A)

7 And he must (N)have a good reputation with (O)those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and (P)the snare of the devil.

7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

7 Furthermore, he must have a good reputation among outsiders, so that he does not fall into disgrace and the Devil’s(H) trap.

7 He must be well thought of by outsiders, so he doesn't fall into disgrace and the trap set for him by the Devil.

7 And he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside the church, so that he will not be discredited and fall into the devil’s trap.

Qualifications For Deacons

8 (Q)Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not (e)double-tongued, (f)(R)or addicted to much wine (g)(S)or fond of sordid gain,

8 Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

8 Deacons,(I) likewise, should be worthy of respect, not hypocritical, not drinking a lot of wine, not greedy for money,

8 Ministers, too, must be serious. They must not be two-faced, addicted to wine, or greedy for money.

8 (c)Deacons likewise must be men worthy of respect [honorable, financially ethical, of good character], not double-tongued [speakers of half-truths], not addicted to wine, not greedy for dishonest gain,

9 (T)but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

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

9 holding the mystery of the faith(J) with a clear conscience.(K)

9 They must hold firmly to the secret of the faith with clear consciences.

9 but upholding and fully understanding the mystery [that is, the true doctrine] of the [Christian] faith with a clear conscience [resulting from behavior consistent with spiritual maturity].

10 (U)These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

10 And they must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons.

10 But they must first be tested. Then, if they prove to be blameless, they may become ministers.

10 These men must first be tested; then if they are found to be blameless and beyond reproach [in their Christian lives], let them serve as deacons.

11 (h)Women must likewise be dignified, (V)not malicious gossips, but (W)temperate, faithful in all things.

11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

11 Wives,(L) too, must be worthy of respect, not slanderers, self-controlled,(M) faithful in everything.

11 Their wives must also be serious. They must not be gossips, but instead be stable and trustworthy in everything.

11 (d)Women must likewise be worthy of respect, not malicious gossips, but self-controlled, [thoroughly] trustworthy in all things.

12 (X)Deacons must be (Y)husbands of only one wife, and (i)(Z)good managers of their children and their own households.

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

12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife, managing their children and their own households competently.

12 Ministers must be husbands of one wife and must manage their children and their families well.

12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households.

13 For those who have served well as deacons (AA)obtain for themselves a (j)high standing and great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

13 For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

13 For those who have served well as deacons acquire a good standing for themselves, and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.

13 Those ministers who serve well gain an excellent reputation for themselves and will have great assurance by their faith in the Messiah Jesus.

13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a high standing [having a good reputation among the congregation], and great confidence in the faith which is [founded on and centered] in Christ Jesus.

The Mystery Of Godliness Described

14 I am writing these things to you, hoping to come to you before long;

14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:

14 I write these things to you, hoping to come(N) to you soon.

14 I hope to come to you soon. However, I'm writing this to you

14 I hope to come to you before long, but I am writing these instructions to you

15 but (k)in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how (l)one ought to conduct himself in (AB)the household of God, which is the (AC)church of (AD)the living God, the (AE)pillar and support of the truth.

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

15 But if I should be delayed, I have written so that you will know how people ought to act in God’s household,(O) which is the church of the living God,(P) the pillar and foundation of the truth.(Q)

15 in case I am delayed, so that you may know how to behave in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

15 in case I am delayed, so that you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

16 By common confession, great is (AF)the mystery of godliness:He who was (AG)revealed in the flesh,Was (m)(AH)vindicated (n)in the Spirit,(AI)Seen by angels,(AJ)Proclaimed among the nations,(AK)Believed on in the world,(AL)Taken up in glory.

16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

16 And most certainly, the mystery of godliness(R) is great:He(c) was manifested in the flesh,(S)vindicated in the Spirit,(T)seen by angels,preached among the nations,believed(U) on in the world,taken up in glory.(V)

16 By common confession, the secret of our godly worship is great: In flesh was he revealed to sight, kept righteous by the Spirit's might, adored by angels singing. To nations was he manifest, believing souls found peace and rest, our Lord in heaven reigning!

16 And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness:He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh,Was justified and vindicated in the Spirit,Seen by angels,Preached among the nations,Believed on in the world,Taken up in glory.

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