1 Timothy 5
Honor Widows1 a Do not sharply rebuke an b older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to c the younger men as brothers, 2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity. 3 Honor widows who are d widows indeed; 4 but 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 recompensesmake some return to their parents; for this is g acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now 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. 6 But 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. 8 But 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. 9 A 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, 10 having 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 onessaints’ feet, if she has v assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel w sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous ▼
▼ Lit faithpledge. 13 At 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. 14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get ab married, bear children ac keep house, and ad give the enemy no occasion for reproach; 15 for some ae have already turned aside to follow af Satan. 16 If 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 Elders17 aj The elders who ak rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who al work hard ▼
▼ Lit in wordat preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says an “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and ao “The laborer is worthy of his wages.” 19 Do not receive an accusation against an ap elder except on the basis of aq two or three witnesses. 20 Those 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 sharethereby share aw responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself ▼
▼ Lit purefree from sin. 23 No longer drink water exclusively, but ay use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. 24 The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins az follow after. 25 Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and ba those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.
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