5 For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you,6 namely, if any man is beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of indecent behavior or rebellion.7 For the [a]overseer must be beyond reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not overindulging in wine, not [b]a bully, not greedy for money,8 but hospitable, loving what is good, self-controlled, righteous, holy, disciplined,9 holding firmly the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to [c]exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict it.
3 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of [a]overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.2 [b]An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, [c]temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, skillful in teaching,3 not overindulging in wine, not [d]a bully, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money.4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity5 (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),6 and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into condemnation [e]incurred by the devil.7 And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into [f]disgrace and the snare of the devil.
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