1 This is a faithful saying, "If any one desire the office of an overseer (see Acts 1:20), he desires a good work."
2 An overseer (see Acts 20:28) then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, sober, discreet (self-controlled), of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
3 Not given to wine, not a striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not contentious, not loving money;
4 One that rules well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
6 Not a novice, in order that being not puffed up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
7 But he must have a good testimony also of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
8 Likewise must the deacons (Gr. diakonos is a servant as seen in activity) be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
10 And let these also first be tested; then let them serve the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
11 Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
13 For they that used the office of a deacon well purchase (see Acts 20:28) to themselves a good degree, and great boldness (freely in Acts 2:29) in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
14 These things write I to you, hoping to come to you shortly:
15 But if I delay, in order that you may know how you ought to behave yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
16 And confessedly great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in Spirit, seen of angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory.