The King James Version Bible

1 Timothy 3:2-10

  1. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

  2. Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

  3. One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

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

  5. Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.

  6. Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

  7. Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;

  8. Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

  9. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.