Some people's sins are evident, going before them to judgment, but [the sins] of others follow them.
Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not [obvious] cannot remain hidden.
No, my sons, the report I hear from the LORD's people is not good.
Therefore, brothers, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and wisdom, whom we can appoint to this duty.
They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who has a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation, was divinely directed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear a message from you."
Someone named Ananias, a devout man according to the law, having a good reputation with all the Jews residing there,
Demetrius has a [good] testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. And we also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
For what is it to me to judge outsiders? Do you not judge those who are inside?
Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the time.
so that you may walk properly in the presence of outsiders and not be dependent on anyone.
Therefore, I want younger women to marry, have children, manage their households, and give the adversary no opportunity to accuse us.
Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God,
We give no opportunity for stumbling to anyone, so that the ministry will not be blamed.
For we are making provision for what is honorable, not only before the Lord but also before men.
Stay away from every form of evil.
to be sensible, pure, good homemakers, and submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered.
Your message is to be sound beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be ashamed, having nothing bad to say about us.
If you are ridiculed for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
None of you, however, should suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler.
But if [anyone suffers] as a Christian, he should not be ashamed, but should glorify God with that name.
But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Then they may come to their senses and escape the Devil's trap, having been captured by him to do his will.