For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain,
And the Lord said, “ Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants, to give them their rations at the proper time?
and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
“ Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations—
And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit,
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
“ Let my soul not enter into their council; Let not my glory be united with their assembly; Because in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they lamed oxen.
A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of evil devices is hated.
A hot-tempered man stirs up strife, But the slow to anger calms a dispute.
He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.
It is not for kings, O Lemuel, It is not for kings to drink wine, Or for rulers to desire strong drink,
Do not be eager in your heart to be angry, For anger resides in the bosom of fools.
His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
Nor shall any of the priests drink wine when they enter the inner court.
“ Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Paul and Timothy, bond-servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons:
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.
The Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged,
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger;