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In spelling out specifically what it means to be above reproach, Paul lists qualities of the overseer's character.

The overseer or elder must first be above reproach in relation to women. He must be the husband of one wife. The Greek text literally reads "a one-woman man." Paul is not referring to a leader's marital status, as the absence of the definite article in the original indicates. Rather, the issue is his moral, sexual behavior. Many men married only once are not one-woman men. Many with one wife are unfaithful to that wife. While remaining married to one woman is commendable, it is no indication or guarantee of moral purity....

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