1 Timothy 5

Instructions for the Church

1 a  Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father b  younger men as brothers, 2older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3Honor widows c  who are truly widows. 4But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn d  to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for e  this is pleasing in the sight of God. 5She f  who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and g  continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6but h  she who is self-indulgent is i  dead even while she lives. 7 j  Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for k  members of his household, he has l  denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been m  the wife of one husband,
Or a woman of one man
10and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has o  shown hospitality, p  has washed the feet of the saints, has q  cared for the afflicted, and has r  devoted herself to every good work. 11But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when s  their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also t  gossips and u  busybodies, saying what they should not. 14So I would have v  younger widows marry, bear children w  manage their households, and x  give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 y  For some have already strayed after Satan. 16If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those z  who are truly widows.

17Let the elders aa  who rule well be considered worthy of ab  double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18For the Scripture says ac  “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, ad  “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19Do not admit a charge against an elder except ae  on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20As for those who persist in sin, af  rebuke them in the presence of all, ag  so that the rest may stand in fear. 21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels ah  I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, ai  doing nothing from partiality. 22 aj  Do not be hasty in the ak  laying on of hands, nor al  take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23(No longer drink only water, but am  use a little wine an  for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25So also good works are conspicuous, and ao  even those that are not cannot remain hidden.

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