Bible: 1 Tim 2:1-3:13
Prayer for All People
2:1 First of all, then, I urge that requests, 1 prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2 2:2 even for kings 3 and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 2:3 Such prayer for all 4 is good and welcomed before God our Savior, 2:4 since he wants 5 all people 6 to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 2:5 For there is one God and one intermediary 7 between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, 8 2:6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time. 9 2:7 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle – I am telling the truth; 10 I am not lying – and a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 2:8 So I want the men 11 to pray 12 in every place, lifting up holy hands 13 without anger or dispute.
Conduct of Women
2:9 Likewise 14 the women are to dress 15 in suitable apparel, with modesty and self-control. 16 Their adornment must not be 17 with braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothing, 2:10 but with good deeds, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God. 2:11 A woman must learn 18 quietly with all submissiveness. 2:12 But I do not allow 19 a woman to teach or exercise authority 20 over a man. She must remain quiet. 21 2:13 For Adam was formed first and then Eve. 2:14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman, because she was fully deceived, 22 fell into transgression. 23 2:15 But she will be delivered through childbearing, 24 if she 25 continues in faith and love and holiness with self-control.
Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
3:1 This saying 26 is trustworthy: “If someone aspires to the office of overseer, 27 he desires a good work.” 3:2 The overseer 28 then must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, 29 temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, an able teacher, 3:3 not a drunkard, not violent, but gentle, not contentious, free from the love of money. 3:4 He must manage his own household well and keep his children in control without losing his dignity. 30 3:5 But if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for the church of God? 3:6 He must not be a recent convert or he may become arrogant 31 and fall into the punishment that the devil will exact. 32 3:7 And he must be well thought of by 33 those outside the faith, 34 so that he may not fall into disgrace and be caught by the devil’s trap. 35
3:8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, 36 not two-faced, 37 not given to excessive drinking, 38 not greedy for gain, 3:9 holding to the mystery of the faith 39 with a clear conscience. 3:10 And these also must be tested first and then let them serve as deacons if they are found blameless. 3:11 Likewise also their wives 40 must be dignified, not slanderous, temperate, faithful in every respect. 3:12 Deacons must be husbands of one wife 41 and good managers of their children and their own households. 3:13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves 42 and great boldness in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. 43