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Version: King James Edition - English
- 1Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
- 2This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
- 3A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;
- 4Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
- 5One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;
- 6(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)
- 7Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
- 8Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
- 9Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;
- 10Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.
- 11And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.
- 12Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.
- 13Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well.
- 14For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
- 15These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:
- 16But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.