1 Timothy 3:1-5

3:1 This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop (overseer), he desireth a good work.

A bishop then must be blameless (not guilty), the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober (clear minded), of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; (didactic – intended to teach, particularly in having moral instruction as an ulterior motive.)

Not given to wine*, no striker (quarrelsome), not greedy of filthy lucre**; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous (greedy);

  • (* G3943 πάροινος paroinos (par’-oi-nos) adj.staying near wine, i.e. tippling **G146 αἰσχροκερδής aischrokerdes (ai-schro-ker-d̮ees’) adj. characterized by sordid, disgraceful gain)

One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection (condition, training) with all gravity (honesty);

For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?


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