1 Timothy 5

Honor Widows

1 a  Do not sharply rebuke an b  older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to c  the younger men as brothers, 2the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

3Honor widows who are d  widows indeed; 4but if any widow has children or grandchildren e  they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to
Lit give back recompenses
make some return to their parents; for this is g  acceptable in the sight of God.
5Now she who is a h  widow indeed and who has been left alone i  has fixed her hope on God and continues in j  entreaties and prayers night and day. 6But she who k  gives herself to wanton pleasure is l  dead even while she lives. 7
Or Keep commanding
n  Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.
8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has o  denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

9A widow is to be p  put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been q  the wife of one man, 10having a reputation for r  good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has s  shown hospitality to strangers, if she t  has washed the
Or holy ones
saints’ feet, if she has v  assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
11But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel w  sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous
Lit faith
13At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also y  gossips and z  busybodies, talking about aa  things not proper to mention. 14Therefore, I want younger widows to get ab  married, bear children ac  keep house, and ad  give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15for some ae  have already turned aside to follow af  Satan. 16If any woman who is a believer ag  has dependent widows, she must ah  assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are ai  widows indeed.

Concerning Elders

17 aj  The elders who ak  rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who al  work hard
Lit in word
at preaching and teaching.
18For the Scripture says an  You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and ao  The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 19Do not receive an accusation against an ap  elder except on the basis of aq  two or three witnesses. 20Those who continue in sin ar  rebuke in the presence of all as  so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning. 21 at  I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality. 22 au  Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and
Lit do not share
thereby share aw  responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself
Lit pure
free from sin.

23No longer drink water exclusively, but ay  use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

24The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins az  follow after. 25Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and ba  those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.
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