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English Majority Text Version 2009

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3:1Faithful is this word: If anyone aspires to the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.
3:2It is necessary, therefore, for a bishop to be irreproachable, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, well-behaved, hospitable, skillful at teaching;
3:3not given to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not loving money;
3:4one ruling his own house well, having [his] children in submission with all reverence;
3:5(for if one does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?);
3:6not a new convert, lest being puffed up [with pride] he fall into the [same] condemnation as the devil.
3:7Moreover he must have a good testimony among those outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.
3:8Likewise deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not being given to much wine, not greedy for money,
3:9holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience.
3:10But let these also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons, being irreproachable.
3:11Likewise their wives must be reverent, not slanderers, temperate, faithful in all things.
3:12Let deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children well, and their own houses.
3:13For those who have served well as deacons obtain a standing for themselves and much boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
3:14These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly;
3:15but if I am delayed, [I write] so that you may know how it is necessary to conduct oneself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.
3:16And confessedly, great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among [the ]Gentiles, believed on in the world, [and ]was received up in glory.
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries