Verses dealing with Elder and Deacon.

The following verses deal with the terms elder, elders, and deacon – all useful in looking at church leadership structure.

  • ELDER, ELDERS

Exodus 3:18

“The elders of Israel will listen to you. Then you and the elders are to go to the king of Egypt and say to him, `The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us. Let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the LORD our God.’

Exodus 4:29

Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites,

Exodus 12:21

Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.

Exodus 17:5

The LORD answered Moses, “Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go.

Exodus 17:6

I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink.” So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel.

Exodus 18:12

Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God, and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.

Exodus 19:7

So Moses went back and summoned the elders of the people and set before them all the words the LORD had commanded him to speak.

Exodus 24:1

Then he said to Moses, “Come up to the LORD, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel. You are to worship at a distance,

Exodus 24:9

Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up

Exodus 24:14

He said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Aaron and Hur are with you, and anyone involved in a dispute can go to them.”

Leviticus 4:15

The elders of the community are to lay their hands on the bull’s head before the LORD, and the bull shall be slaughtered before the LORD.

Leviticus 9:1

On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel.

Numbers 11:16

The LORD said to Moses: “Bring me seventy of Israel’s elders who are known to you as leaders and officials among the people. Have them come to the Tent of Meeting, that they may stand there with you.

Numbers 11:24

So Moses went out and told the people what the LORD had said. He brought together seventy of their elders and had them stand around the Tent.

Numbers 11:25

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke with him, and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders. When the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied, but they did not do so again.

Numbers 11:26

However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp.

Numbers 11:30

Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

Numbers 16:25

Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.

Numbers 22:4

The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field.” So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,

Numbers 22:7

The elders of Moab and Midian left, taking with them the fee for divination. When they came to Balaam, they told him what Balak had said.

Deuteronomy 5:23

When you heard the voice out of the darkness, while the mountain was ablaze with fire, all the leading men of your tribes and your elders came to me.

Deuteronomy 19:12

the elders of his town shall send for him, bring him back from the city, and hand him over to the avenger of blood to die.

Deuteronomy 21:2

your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns.

Deuteronomy 21:3

Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke

Deuteronomy 21:6

Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley,

Deuteronomy 21:19

his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of his town.

Deuteronomy 21:20

They shall say to the elders, “This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.”

Deuteronomy 22:15

then the girl’s father and mother shall bring proof that she was a virgin to the town elders at the gate.

Deuteronomy 22:16

The girl’s father will say to the elders, “I gave my daughter in marriage to this man, but he dislikes her.

Deuteronomy 22:17

Now he has slandered her and said, `I did not find your daughter to be a virgin.’ But here is the proof of my daughter’s virginity.” Then her parents shall display the cloth before the elders of the town,

Deuteronomy 22:18

and the elders shall take the man and punish him.

Deuteronomy 25:7

However, if a man does not want to marry his brother’s wife, she shall go to the elders at the town gate and say, “My husband’s brother refuses to carry on his brother’s name in Israel. He will not fulfill the duty of a brother-in-law to me.”

Deuteronomy 25:8

Then the elders of his town shall summon him and talk to him. If he persists in saying, “I do not want to marry her,”

Deuteronomy 25:9

his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.”

Deuteronomy 27:1

Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people: “Keep all these commands that I give you today.

Deuteronomy 29:10

All of you are standing today in the presence of the LORD your God–your leaders and chief men, your elders and officials, and all the other men of Israel,

Deuteronomy 31:9

So Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and to all the elders of Israel.

Deuteronomy 31:28

Assemble before me all the elders of your tribes and all your officials, so that I can speak these words in their hearing and call heaven and earth to testify against them.

Deuteronomy 32:7

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.

Joshua 7:6

Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.

Joshua 8:33

All Israel, aliens and citizens alike, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the LORD, facing those who carried it–the priests, who were Levites. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the LORD had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.

Joshua 9:11

And our elders and all those living in our country said to us, `Take provisions for your journey; go and meet them and say to them, “We are your servants; make a treaty with us.”‘

Joshua 20:4

“When he flees to one of these cities, he is to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state his case before the elders of that city. Then they are to admit him into their city and give him a place to live with them.

Joshua 23:2

summoned all Israel–their elders, leaders, judges and officials–and said to them: “I am old and well advanced in years.

Joshua 24:1

Then Joshua assembled all the tribes of Israel at Shechem. He summoned the elders, leaders, judges and officials of Israel, and they presented themselves before God.

Joshua 24:31

Israel served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had experienced everything the LORD had done for Israel.

Judges 2:7

The people served the LORD throughout the lifetime of Joshua and of the elders who outlived him and who had seen all the great things the LORD had done for Israel.

Judges 8:14

He caught a young man of Succoth and questioned him, and the young man wrote down for him the names of the seventy-seven officials of Succoth, the elders of the town.

Judges 8:16

He took the elders of the town and taught the men of Succoth a lesson by punishing them with desert thorns and briers.

Judges 11:5

the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.

Judges 11:8

The elders of Gilead said to him, “Nevertheless, we are turning to you now; come with us to fight the Ammonites, and you will be our head over all who live in Gilead.”

Judges 11:10

The elders of Gilead replied, “The LORD is our witness; we will certainly do as you say.”

Judges 11:11

So Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and commander over them. And he repeated all his words before the LORD in Mizpah.

Judges 21:16

And the elders of the assembly said, “With the women of Benjamin destroyed, how shall we provide wives for the men who are left?

Ruth 4:2

Boaz took ten of the elders of the town and said, “Sit here,” and they did so.

Ruth 4:4

I thought I should bring the matter to your attention and suggest that you buy it in the presence of these seated here and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, do so. But if you will not, tell me, so I will know. For no one has the right to do it except you, and I am next in line.” “I will redeem it,” he said.

Ruth 4:9

Then Boaz announced to the elders and all the people, “Today you are witnesses that I have bought from Naomi all the property of Elimelech, Kilion and Mahlon.

Ruth 4:11

Then the elders and all those at the gate said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you have standing in Ephrathah and be famous in Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 4:3

When the soldiers returned to camp, the elders of Israel asked, “Why did the LORD bring defeat upon us today before the Philistines? Let us bring the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Shiloh, so that it may go with us and save us from the hand of our enemies.”

1 Samuel 8:4

So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah.

1 Samuel 11:3

The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Give us seven days so we can send messengers throughout Israel; if no one comes to rescue us, we will surrender to you.”

1 Samuel 15:30

Saul replied, “I have sinned. But please honor me before the elders of my people and before Israel; come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God.”

1 Samuel 16:4

Samuel did what the LORD said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”

1 Samuel 30:26

When David arrived in Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to the elders of Judah, who were his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the plunder of the LORD’s enemies.”

2 Samuel 3:17

Abner conferred with the elders of Israel and said, “For some time you have wanted to make David your king.

2 Samuel 5:3

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.

2 Samuel 12:17

The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.

2 Samuel 17:4

This plan seemed good to Absalom and to all the elders of Israel.

2 Samuel 17:15

Hushai told Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, “Ahithophel has advised Absalom and the elders of Israel to do such and such, but I have advised them to do so and so.

2 Samuel 19:11

King David sent this message to Zadok and Abiathar, the priests: “Ask the elders of Judah, `Why should you be the last to bring the king back to his palace, since what is being said throughout Israel has reached the king at his quarters?

1 Kings 8:1

Then King Solomon summoned into his presence at Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.

1 Kings 8:3

When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark,

1 Kings 12:6

Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.

1 Kings 12:8

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

1 Kings 12:13

The king answered the people harshly. Rejecting the advice given him by the elders,

1 Kings 20:7

The king of Israel summoned all the elders of the land and said to them, “See how this man is looking for trouble! When he sent for my wives and my children, my silver and my gold, I did not refuse him.”

1 Kings 20:8

The elders and the people all answered, “Don’t listen to him or agree to his demands.”

1 Kings 21:8

So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him.

1 Kings 21:11

So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them.

2 Kings 6:32

Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Don’t you see how this murderer is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?”

2 Kings 10:1

Now there were in Samaria seventy sons of the house of Ahab. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria: to the officials of Jezreel, to the elders and to the guardians of Ahab’s children. He said,

2 Kings 10:5

So the palace administrator, the city governor, the elders and the guardians sent this message to Jehu: “We are your servants and we will do anything you say. We will not appoint anyone as king; you do whatever you think best.”

2 Kings 23:1

Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 11:3

When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, he made a compact with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel, as the LORD had promised through Samuel.

1 Chronicles 15:25

So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.

1 Chronicles 21:16

David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth, with a drawn sword in his hand extended over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders, clothed in sackcloth, fell facedown.

2 Chronicles 5:2

Then Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel, all the heads of the tribes and the chiefs of the Israelite families, to bring up the ark of the LORD’s covenant from Zion, the City of David.

2 Chronicles 5:4

When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the Levites took up the ark,

2 Chronicles 10:6

Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked.

2 Chronicles 10:8

But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him.

2 Chronicles 10:13

The king answered them harshly. Rejecting the advice of the elders,

2 Chronicles 34:29

Then the king called together all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem.

Ezra 5:5

But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews, and they were not stopped until a report could go to Darius and his written reply be received.

Ezra 5:9

We questioned the elders and asked them, “Who authorized you to rebuild this temple and restore this structure?”

Ezra 6:7

Do not interfere with the work on this temple of God. Let the governor of the Jews and the Jewish elders rebuild this house of God on its site.

Ezra 6:8

Moreover, I hereby decree what you are to do for these elders of the Jews in the construction of this house of God: The expenses of these men are to be fully paid out of the royal treasury, from the revenues of Trans-Euphrates, so that the work will not stop.

Ezra 6:14

So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel and the decrees of Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, kings of Persia.

Ezra 10:8

Anyone who failed to appear within three days would forfeit all his property, in accordance with the decision of the officials and elders, and would himself be expelled from the assembly of the exiles.

Ezra 10:14

Let our officials act for the whole assembly. Then let everyone in our towns who has married a foreign woman come at a set time, along with the elders and judges of each town, until the fierce anger of our God in this matter is turned away from us.”

Job 12:20

He silences the lips of trusted advisers and takes away the discernment of elders.

Psalms 105:22

to instruct his princes as he pleased and teach his elders wisdom.

Psalms 107:32

Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.

Psalms 119:100

I have more understanding than the elders, for I obey your precepts.

Proverbs 31:23

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.

Isaiah 3:14

The LORD enters into judgment against the elders and leaders of his people: “It is you who have ruined my vineyard; the plunder from the poor is in your houses.

Isaiah 9:15

the elders and prominent men are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

Isaiah 24:23

The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously.

Isaiah 3:1-3

See now, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, is about to take from Jerusalem and Judah both supply and support: all supplies of food and all supplies of water, the hero and warrior, the judge and prophet, the soothsayer and elder,  the captain of fifty and man of rank, the counselor, skilled craftsman and clever  enchanter.

Jeremiah 19:1

This is what the LORD says: “Go and buy a clay jar from a potter. Take along some of the elders of the people and of the priests

Jeremiah 26:17

Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people,

Jeremiah 29:1

This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

Lamentations 1:19

“I called to my allies but they betrayed me. My priests and my elders perished in the city while they searched for food to keep themselves alive.

Lamentations 2:10

The elders of the Daughter of Zion sit on the ground in silence; they have sprinkled dust on their heads and put on sackcloth. The young women of Jerusalem have bowed their heads to the ground.

Lamentations 4:16

The LORD himself has scattered them; he no longer watches over them. The priests are shown no honor, the elders no favor.

Lamentations 5:12

Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.

Lamentations 5:14

The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music.

Ezekiel 7:26

Calamity upon calamity will come, and rumor upon rumor. They will try to get a vision from the prophet; the teaching of the law by the priest will be lost, as will the counsel of the elders.

Ezekiel 8:1

In the sixth year, in the sixth month on the fifth day, while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign LORD came upon me there.

Ezekiel 8:11

In front of them stood seventy elders of the house of Israel, and Jaazaniah son of Shaphan was standing among them. Each had a censer in his hand, and a fragrant cloud of incense was rising.

Ezekiel 8:12

He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, `The LORD does not see us; the LORD has forsaken the land.'”

Ezekiel 9:6

Slaughter old men, young men and maidens, women and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were in front of the temple.

Ezekiel 14:1

Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.

Ezekiel 20:1

In the seventh year, in the fifth month on the tenth day, some of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the LORD, and they sat down in front of me.

Ezekiel 20:3

“Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them, `This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Have you come to inquire of me? As surely as I live, I will not let you inquire of me, declares the Sovereign LORD.’

Joel 1:2

Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?

Joel 1:14

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

Joel 2:16

Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.

Matthew 15:2

“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”

Matthew 16:21

From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.

Matthew 21:23

Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”

Matthew 26:3

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas,

Matthew 26:47

While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people.

Matthew 26:57

Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled.

Matthew 27:1

Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death.

Matthew 27:3

When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders.

Matthew 27:12

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer.

Matthew 27:20

But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus executed.

Matthew 27:41

In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked him.

Matthew 28:12

When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,

Mark 7:3

(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.

Mark 7:5

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with `unclean’ hands?”

Mark 8:31

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again.

Mark 11:27

They arrived again in Jerusalem, and while Jesus was walking in the temple courts, the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders came to him.

Mark 14:43

Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

Mark 14:53

They took Jesus to the high priest, and all the chief priests, elders and teachers of the law came together.

Mark 15:1

Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the law and the whole Sanhedrin, reached a decision. They bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.

Luke 7:3

The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.

Luke 9:22

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Luke 20:1

One day as he was teaching the people in the temple courts and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him.

Luke 22:52

Then Jesus said to the chief priests, the officers of the temple guard, and the elders, who had come for him, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come with swords and clubs?

Luke 22:66

At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them.

Acts 4:5

The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.

Acts 4:8

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!

Acts 4:23

On their release, Peter and John went back to their own people and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them.

Acts 5:21

At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin—the full assembly of the elders of Israel–and sent to the jail for the apostles.

Acts 6:12

So they stirred up the people and the elders and the teachers of the law. They seized Stephen and brought him before the Sanhedrin.

Acts 11:30

This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Acts 14:23

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders [1] for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.

1.23 Or Barnabas ordained elders; or Barnabas had elders elected

Acts 15:2

This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question.

Acts 15:4

When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.

Acts 15:6

The apostles and elders met to consider this question.

Acts 15:22

Then the apostles and elders, with the whole church, decided to choose some of their own men and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. They chose Judas (called Barsabbas) and Silas, two men who were leaders among the brothers.

Acts 15:23

With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

Acts 16:4

As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey.

Acts 20:17

From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.

Acts 21:18

The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present.

Acts 23:14

They went to the chief priests and elders and said, “We have taken a solemn oath not to eat anything until we have killed Paul.

Acts 24:1

Five days later the high priest Ananias went down to Caesarea with some of the elders and a lawyer named Tertullus, and they brought their charges against Paul before the governor.

Acts 25:15

When I went to Jerusalem, the chief priests and elders of the Jews brought charges against him and asked that he be condemned.

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

1 Timothy 5:17-19

The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,” and  “The worker deserves his wages.” Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

Titus 1:5-9

The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.  An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.  Since an overseer is entrusted with God’s work, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.  He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

James 5:14

Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.

1 Peter 5:1-9

To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers–not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

2 John 1:1-2

The elder, To the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in the truth–and not I only, but also all who know the truth– because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:

3 John 1:1

The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Revelation 4:4

Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads.

Revelation 4:10

the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

Revelation 5:5

Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Revelation 5:6

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits [1] of God sent out into all the earth.

1.6 Or the sevenfold Spirit

Revelation 5:8

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints.

Revelation 5:11

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.

Revelation 5:14

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 7:11

All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God,

Revelation 7:13

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes–who are they, and where did they come from?”

Revelation 11:16

And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God,

Revelation 14:3

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.

Revelation 19:4

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!”

DEACON

1 Timothy 3:1-13

Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,  not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.  He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)  He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil.  He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.  Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain.  They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.  They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.  In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.  A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 1:1

Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers  and deacons:

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