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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

1 Timothy 3:1-16

3  That statement is faithful.+ If any man is reaching out for an office of overseer,*+ he is desirous of a fine work.  The overseer* should therefore be irreprehensible,+ a husband of one wife, moderate+ in habits,* sound in mind,+ orderly,*+ hospitable,*+ qualified to teach,+  not a drunken brawler,*+ not a smiter,*+ but reasonable,*+ not belligerent,*+ not a lover of money,+  a man presiding over* his own household in a fine manner,+ having children in subjection with all seriousness;+  (if indeed any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he take care of God’s congregation?)  not a newly converted man,*+ for fear that he might get puffed up [with pride]+ and fall into the judgment passed upon the Devil.+  Moreover, he should also have a fine testimony* from people on the outside,+ in order that he might not fall into reproach and a snare+ of the Devil.  Ministerial servants*+ should likewise be serious, not double-tongued,* not giving themselves to a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain,+  holding the sacred secret+ of the faith with a clean conscience.+ 10  Also, let these be tested+ as to fitness first, then let them serve as ministers, as they are free from accusation.+ 11  Women should likewise be serious, not slanderous,+ moderate+ in habits, faithful in all things.+ 12  Let ministerial servants* be husbands of one wife,+ presiding in a fine manner over children and their own households.+ 13  For the men who minister in a fine manner are acquiring for themselves a fine standing+ and great freeness of speech*+ in the faith in connection with Christ Jesus. 14  I am writing you these things, though I am hoping to come to you shortly,+ 15  but in case I am delayed, that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household,+ which is the congregation of [the] living God, a pillar and support+ of the truth. 16  Indeed, the sacred secret+ of this godly devotion* is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh,+ was declared righteous in spirit,+ appeared to angels,+ was preached about among nations,+ was believed upon in [the] world,+ was received up in glory.’+

Footnotes

“Office of overseer.” Gr., e·pi·sko·pes′; J17(Heb.), peqi·dhuth′, “oversight.”
“Overseer.” Gr., e·pi′sko·pon; J17(Heb.), pheqidh′, “and an overseer.”
Lit., “sober.”
Lit., “arranged.”
Lit., “fond of strangers.”
Lit., “not given to wine.”
Lit., “not dealing blows.”
Lit., “yielding.”
Lit., “not fighting.”
“Presiding over.” Lit., “standing before.”
“Newly converted man.” Lit., “neophyte.” Gr., ne·o′phy·ton.
Lit., “witness.”
Or, “Deacons.” Gr., di·a·ko′nous; Lat., di·a′co·nos.
Lit., “double-talking.”
Or, “deacons.” Gr., di·a′ko·noi; Lat., di·a′co·nes.
Or, “great boldness.”
“Godly devotion,” אAVg; J7,8, “fear of Jehovah.”