Stedfast is the word: If any one the oversight doth
long for, a right work he desireth;
it behoveth, therefore, the overseer to be blameless, of one
wife a husband, vigilant, sober, decent, a friend of strangers, apt to teach,
not given to wine, not a striker, not given to filthy lucre,
but gentle, not contentious, not a lover of money,
his own house leading well, having children in subjection
with all gravity,
(and if any one his own house how to lead hath not
known, how an assembly of God shall he take care of?)
not a new convert, lest having been puffed up he may fall to
a judgment of the devil;
and it behoveth him also to have a good testimony from those
without, that he may not fall into reproach and a snare of the devil.
Ministrants -- in like manner grave, not double-tongued, not
given to much wine, not given to filthy lucre,
having the secret of the faith in a pure conscience,
and let these also first be proved, then let them minister,
Women -- in like manner grave, not false accusers, vigilant,
faithful in all things.
Ministrants -- let them be of one wife husbands; the
children leading well, and their own houses,
for those who did minister well a good step to themselves do
acquire, and much boldness in faith that is in Christ Jesus.
These things I write to thee, hoping to come unto thee soon,
and if I delay, that thou mayest know how it behoveth thee
to conduct thyself in the house of God, which is an assembly of the living God
-- a pillar and foundation of the truth,
and, confessedly, great is the secret of piety -- God was
manifested in flesh, declared righteous in spirit, seen by messengers, preached
among nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory!