1 Timothy 51Do not say sharp words to one who has authority in the church, but let your talk be as to a father, and to the younger men as to brothers: 2To the older women as to mothers, to the younger as to sisters, with a clean heart. 3Give honour to widows who are truly widows. 4But if any widow has children or children's children, let these see that it is right to take care of their family and their fathers and mothers: for this is pleasing in the eyes of God. 5Now she who is truly a widow and without family puts her hope in God, giving herself to prayer day and night. 6But she who gives herself to pleasure is dead while she is living. 7Give orders to this effect, so that no evil may be said of anyone. 8If anyone has no care for his family and those in his house, he is false to the faith, and is worse than one who has no faith. 9Let no woman be numbered among the widows who is under sixty years old, and only if she has been the wife of one man, 10And if witness is given of her good works; if she has had the care of children, if she has been kind to travellers, washing the feet of the saints, helping those who are in trouble, giving herself to good works. 11But to the younger widows say No: for when their love is turned away from Christ, they have a desire to be married; 12And they are judged because they have been false to their first faith; 13And they get into the way of doing no work, going about from house to house; and not only doing no work, but talking foolishly, being over-interested in the business of others, saying things which they have no right to say. 14So it is my desire that the younger widows may be married and have children, controlling their families, and giving the Evil One no chance to say anything against them, 15For even now some are turned away to Satan. 16If any woman of the faith has relations who are widows, let her give them help, so that the care of them does not come on the church, and so it may give help to those who are truly widowed. 17Let rulers whose rule is good be honoured twice over, specially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18For the Writings say, It is not right to keep the ox from taking the grain when he is crushing it. And, The worker has a right to his reward. 19Do not take as true any statement made against one in authority, but only if two or three give witness to it. 20Say sharp words to sinners when all are present, so that the rest may be in fear. 21I give you orders before God and Christ Jesus and the angels of God's selection, to keep these orders without giving thought to one side more than another. 22Do not put hands on any man without thought, and have no part in other men's sins: keep yourself clean. 23Do not take only water as your drink, but take a little wine for the good of your stomach, and because you are frequently ill. 24The sins of some men are clearly seen, going before them to be judged; but with others, their sins go after them. 25In the same way, there are good works which are clearly seen; and those which are not so, may not be kept secret.
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