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 

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