1「人若渴望做教會的監督，他是在愛慕尊貴的工作。」這句話千真萬確。 2作監督的人必須無可指責，只有一位妻子，為人節制自律、通情達理、受人尊敬、樂於接待客旅、善於教導， 3不酗酒、不好鬥、要溫和、不爭吵、不貪財， 4善於管理自己的家，受兒女的敬重和孝順。 5一個人要是不懂得管理自己的家，又怎能照顧上帝的教會呢？ 6初信主的人不可作監督，免得他自高自大，遭受魔鬼所受的懲罰。 7作監督的在教會以外也必須有好名聲，以免被人指責，陷入魔鬼的圈套。
8同樣，做執事的也要品行端正，說話誠實，不好酒，不貪財， 9要存著清潔的良心持守奧妙的真道。 10他們要先接受考驗，倘若無可指責，就可以立他們為執事。 11執事的妻子3·11 「執事的妻子」或譯「女執事」。也要品行端正，不搬弄是非，為人節制，做事忠心。 12執事只能有一位妻子，他要管好自己的兒女和自己的家。 13盡忠職守的執事能得到好聲譽，也會對基督耶穌有堅定的信心。
14我希望能儘快去你那裡，但還是寫信告訴你這些事。 15這樣，如果我行期延誤，你也可以知道在上帝的家中該怎麼做。這家是永活上帝的教會，是真理的柱石和根基。 16毫無疑問，我們偉大的信仰奧妙無比：
Qualifications for Overseers and Deacons
1Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full3:4 Or him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
8In the same way, deacons3:8 The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in verse 12; and in Romans 16:1 and Phil. 1:1. are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.
11In the same way, the women3:11 Possibly deacons’ wives or women who are deacons are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
12A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.
Reasons for Paul’s Instructions
14Although I hope to come to you soon, I am writing you these instructions so that, 15if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great:
He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,3:16 Or vindicated in spirit
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.