Manage their households (1 Tim. 3:12)

“Let deacons

Be married only once.

Let them manage

Their children

And their households well.”

διάκονοι ἔστωσαν μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρες, τέκνων καλῶς προϊστάμενοι καὶ τῶν ἰδίων οἴκων.

Paul said, “Let deacons be (διάκονοι ἔστωσαν) married only once (μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρες).  Let them manage (προϊστάμενοι) their children (τέκνων) and their households (καὶ τῶν ἰδίων οἴκων) well (καλῶς).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word προϊστάμενοι, that means preside, rule over, give attention to, direct, maintain, or practice diligently.  Paul indicated that like the bishops, the deacons could only be married once or be the husband of one wife.  They also had to take care of their children and households well.  There seemed to be very little difference in the qualifications of a bishop and a deacon, only in their responsibilities.  They both had to be serious people, sober minded, married once, and good managers of their family affairs.  Paul made no stipulation about celibacy, but rather emphasized good character and strong family life.  Do you manage your children and household well?

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