If any man is reaching out for an office of overseer,*+ he is desirous of a fine work. 2 The overseer* should therefore be irreprehensible,+ a husband of one wife, moderate+ in habits,* sound in mind,+ orderly,*+ hospitable,*+ qualified to teach,+ 3 not a drunken brawler,*+ not a smiter,*+ but reasonable,*+ not belligerent,*+ not a lover of money,+ 4 a man presiding over* his own household in a fine manner,+ having children in subjection with all seriousness;+ 5 (if indeed any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he take care of God’s congregation?) 6 not a newly converted man,*+ for fear that he might get puffed up [with pride]+ and fall into the judgment passed upon the Devil.+ 7 Moreover, he should also have a fine testimony* from people on the outside,+ in order that he might not fall into reproach and a snare+ of the Devil.
8 Ministerial servants*+ should likewise be serious, not double-tongued,* not giving themselves to a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain,+ 9 holding the sacred secret+ of the faith with a clean conscience.+
12 Let ministerial servants* be husbands of one wife,+ presiding in a fine manner over children and their own households.+ 13 For the men who minister in a fine manner are acquiring for themselves a fine standing+ and great freeness of speech*+ in the faith in connection with Christ Jesus.
14 I am writing you these things, though I am hoping to come to you shortly,+ 15 but in case I am delayed, that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in God’s household,+ which is the congregation of [the] living God, a pillar and support+ of the truth. 16 Indeed, the sacred secret+ of this godly devotion* is admittedly great: ‘He was made manifest in flesh,+ was declared righteous in spirit,+ appeared to angels,+ was preached about among nations,+ was believed upon in [the] world,+ was received up in glory.’+