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The First Epistle of St Paul
Unto Timothy

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Chapter 3

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      This is a true saying: If a man covet the office of a Bishop he desireth a good work. Ye and a Bishop must be faultless, the husband of one wife, sober, discreet, honestly apparelled, *harbourous, apt to teach, not drunken, no fighter, not given to *filthy lucre: but gentle, abhorring fighting, abhorring covetousness, and one that ruleth his own house honestly, having children under obedience with all honesty. For if a man cannot rule his own house, how shall he care for the congregation of God. He may not be a young scholar, lest he swell and fall into the judgment of the evil speaker. He must also be well reported of among them which are with outforth, lest he fall into rebuke and snare of the evil speaker.
      Likewise must the Deacons be honest, not double tongued, not given unto much drinking, neither unto filthy lucre: but having the mystery of the faith in pure conscience. And let them first be proved, and then let them minister, if they be found faultless.
      Even so must their wives be honest, not evil speakers: but sober and faithful in all things. Let the Deacons be the husbands of one wife, and such as rule their children well, and their own households. For they that minister well, get themselves good degree and great liberty in the faith, which is in Christ *Jesu.
      These things write I unto thee, trusting to come shortly unto thee: but and if I tarry long, that then thou mayst yet have knowledge how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the congregation of the living God, the pillar and ground of truth. And without nay great is that mystery of godliness: God was showed in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, was seen of Angels, was preached unto the gentiles, was believed on in earth and received up in glory.


*harbourous (take people in), *filthy lucre (shameful gain) *Jesu: Hebrew for Jesus

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