Not intoxicated, not a quarrelsome person, not occupied in sordid gain; but equitable, without fighting, exempt from avarice;
For a bishop must be irreproachable, as steward of God; not self-sufficient, not prone to anger, not intemperate, not a striker, not occupied in sordid gain.
Deacons likewise grave, not speaking equivocally, not holding to much wine, not occupied in sordid gain;
And these also went astray by wine, and by strong drink they erred; the priest and the prophet went astray by strong drink, they were swallowed up from wine, they erred from strong drink, they went astray in seeing, they wavered in judgment.
To slander none, to be without fighting, equitable, showing all meekness to all men.
Whence wars and fights among you? are they not hence, out of your sensual pleasures making war in your members
Wine and strong drink thou shalt not drink, thou and thy sons with thee, in your going in to the tent of appointment; and ye shall not die: a law forever to your generations.
And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, which the Lord will set over his household, to give the allowance of wheat in due time?
The disposition exempt from avarice; being contented with present circumstances: for he has said, I will not send thee back, nor forsake thee.
Tend the flock of God which among you, inspecting, not by force, but voluntarily; neither occupied in sordid gain, but of a ready will;
Also before they will burn the fat and the boy of the priest came and said to the man sacrificing, Thou shalt give flesh to roast for the priest; and he will not take from thee flesh boiled but living.
And his sons went not in his way, and they will incline after plunder, and they will take a gift, and they will turn away from judgment.
And Gehazi the boy of Elisha, the man of God, will say, Behold, my lord spared Naaman this Aramite from taking from his hand what he brought: Jehovah lives, for if I ran after him land book from him something.
So the ways of every one plundering plunder; he will take the soul of those possessing it.
Good the last of a word above its beginning: good slowness of spirit above pride of spirit
Wo to those rising early in the morning, they will follow strong drink; remaining in the evening, wine will inflame them.
O to the crown of pride, wo to the hirelings of Ephraim! a flower falling away is the glory of his beauty which is upon the head of the valley of fatness of those smitten with wine.
And dogs hard of soul, they knew not fulness; and they are evil, they know not understanding; they all looked to their way, a man to his plunder from his extremity.
For from their little even to their great, every one plundering, plundered; and from the prophet and even to the priest every one did falsehood.
For this I will give their wives to others; their fields to those inheriting them: for from small and even to great all plundering a plunder, from the prophet and even to the priest, all did falsehood.
If a man going in the spirit and falsehood, lying, I will drop to thee for wine and for strong drink; and he was the dropping of this people.
Thus said Jehovah for the prophets causing my people to wander, and biting with their teeth, and they called, Peace; and who will not give upon their mouth and they consecrated war against him:
Her heads will judge for a gift, and her priests will teach for hire, and her prophets will divine for silver: and they will lean upon Jehovah, saying, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? he will not bring evil upon us.
Who also among you and he will shut the doors? and ye shall not make light mine altar gratuitously. Not to me delight in you, said Jehovah of armies, and I will not delight in the gift of your hand.
And he says to them, It was written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; and ye have made it a den of robbers.
Who then is the faithful and discerning servant, which his lord set over his attendance, to give them food in due season
And attend to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be loaded with dizziness, caused by excess, and drunkenness, and cares of life, and that day come upon you unexpectedly.
But the hired one, and not being the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and he leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf plunders them, and scatters the sheep.
Wherefore was not this perfumed oil sold for three hundred drachmas, and given to the poor?
And Simon having seen that by putting on of hands of the sent the Holy Spirit is given, he brought money to them,
For such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by specious language and praise completely deceive the hearts of the innocent.
And we beseech you, brethren, remind the disorderly, encourage the timid, sustain the weak, and be slow to anger to all.
For the root of all evils is the love of money: which some striving for, have been led astray from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many pains.
And the servant of the Lord must not contend; but be gentle to all, giving instruction, enduring evil,
Who must be restrained, who subvert whole houses, teaching what they ought not, for the sake of sordid gain.
The aged women likewise, becoming holy in a serene state of mind, not accusers, not slaves to much wine, teachers of good;
And by covetousness with feigned words shall trade in you: to whom judgment since a long while is not inactive, and their perdition sleeps not.
Having eyes full of an adulteress, not ceasing from sin; decoying unstable souls: having a heart exercised with covetousness; children of a curse:
Woe to them for they went in the way of Cain, and were poured out in the error of Balaam for a reward, and they were destroyed in the controversy of Core.
I John, and your brother, and partaker in pressure, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, I was in the island called Patmos, for the sake of the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
And the wholesale merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for their cargo will none purchase more: