Greeting

Paul(A) and Timothy,(B) slaves of Christ Jesus:

To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi,(C) including the overseers(D) and deacons.(E)

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Paul and Timothy,(A) servants of Christ Jesus,

To all God’s holy people(B) in Christ Jesus at Philippi,(C) together with the overseers(D) and deacons[a]:(E)

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Footnotes

  1. Philippians 1:1 The word deacons refers here to Christians designated to serve with the overseers/elders of the church in a variety of ways; similarly in Romans 16:1 and 1 Tim. 3:8,12.

An overseer,(A) therefore, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible,(B) respectable, hospitable,(C) an able teacher,[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 3:2 Or hospitable, skillful in teaching

Now the overseer is to be above reproach,(A) faithful to his wife,(B) temperate,(C) self-controlled, respectable, hospitable,(D) able to teach,(E)

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For an overseer,(A) as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money,

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Since an overseer(A) manages God’s household,(B) he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.(C)

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25 For you were like sheep going astray,(A)[a]
but you have now returned
to the Shepherd(B) and Guardian[b] of your souls.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:25 Is 53:6
  2. 1 Peter 2:25 Or Overseer

25 For “you were like sheep going astray,”[a](A) but now you have returned to the Shepherd(B) and Overseer of your souls.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 2:25 Isaiah 53:4,5,6 (see Septuagint)

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