THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
VI. Overseers and Deacons
for the Church's Administration
1 aFaithful is the word: If anyone 1aspires to the 2overseership, he desires a good work.
2 aThe 1boverseer then must be 2without reproach, the 3husband of cone wife, 4dtemperate, 5of a esober mind, 6orderly, 7fhospitable, 8apt to gteach;
3 1Not an aexcessive drinker; 2not a striker, but 3bgentle; 4cnot contentious; 5not dfond of money;
4 One who 1amanages well his own house, having his children in subjection with all 2bgravity
5 (But if one does not know how to manage his own house, how will he care for the achurch of God?);
6 Not a 1new convert, lest being 2ablinded with pride he fall into the 3judgment suffered by the devil.
7 And he also must have a 1agood testimony from 2those outside, that he may not fall into reproach and the 3bsnare of the 4devil.
8 1aDeacons must similarly be grave, 2not double-tongued, 3not baddicted to much wine, 4not cgreedy for base gain;
9 aHolding the 1bmystery of the cfaith in a 2dpure conscience.
10 And these also must first 1be aproved; then let them 2minister if they are 3bunreprovable.
11 1Women similarly must be grave, 2not aslanderers, 3btemperate, 4faithful in all things.
12 Deacons must be 1husbands of aone wife, 2bmanaging their children and their own houses well.
13 For those who have 1ministered well obtain for themselves a 2good standing and 3much boldness in afaith, which is in Christ Jesus.
VII. The Function of the Church --
The House of the Living God
and the Pillar and Base of the Truth
14 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly.
15 But if I delay, I write that you may know 1how one ought to conduct himself in the 2ahouse of God, which is the bchurch of the 3cliving God, the 4dpillar and base of the 5etruth.
16 And 1confessedly, great is the 2amystery of bgodliness: 3He who was 4cmanifested in the dflesh, 5Justified in the Spirit, 6Seen by angels, 7Preached among the nations, 8Believed on in the world, 9Taken up in glory.