But he who is a hireling and not the shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches the sheep and scatters them.
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock;
not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.
Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, and not fond of sordid gain;
for Demas, having loved this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
For the overseer must be blameless as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent, not fond of sordid gain,
shepherd the flock of God that is under your care, serving as overseersnot under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;