1 Timothy 5

Rebuke not an elder ( πρεσβυτερω μη επιπληξηις ). Dative case  πρεσβυτερω used in the usual sense of an older man, not a minister (bishop as in 3:2) as is shown by "as a father." First aorist (ingressive) active subjunctive with negative  μη (prohibition against committing the act) of  επιπλησσω, to strike upon, old verb, but here only in N.T. and in figurative sense with words rather than with fists. Respect for age is what is here commanded, an item appropriate to the present time.

The younger men as brethren ( νεωτερους ως αδελφους ). Comparative adjective  νεωτερος from  νεος (young). No article, "younger men." Wise words for the young minister to know how to conduct himself with old men (reverence) and young men (fellowship, but not stooping to folly with them).

The elder women as mothers ( πρεσβυτερας ως μητερας ). Anarthrous again, "older women as mothers." Respect and reverence once more.

The younger as sisters, in all purity ( νεωτερας ως αδελφας εν παση αγνια ). Anarthrous also and comparative form as in verse 1. See 4:12 for  αγνια. No sort of behavior will so easily make or mar the young preacher as his conduct with young women.

That are widows indeed ( τας οντως χηρας ). For  οντως (actually, really), see Lu 23:47; 1Co 14:25; and verse 5. For widows ( χηρα ) see Mr 12:40,42; Ac 6:1; 1Co 7:8. Parry notes that in verses 3-8 Paul discusses widows who are in distress and 9-16 those who are in the employment of the local church for certain work. Evidently, as in Acts 6:1-6, so here in Ephesus there had arisen some trouble over the widows in the church. Both for individual cases of need and as a class Timothy is to show proper respect ( τιμα, keep on honouring) the widows.

Grandchildren ( εκγονα ). Old word from  εκγινομα, here only in N.T.

Let them learn ( μανθανετωσαν ). The children and grandchildren of a widow. Present active imperative third person plural of  μανθανω. "Let them keep on learning."

First ( πρωτον ). Adverb, first before anything else. No "corban" business here. No acts of "piety" toward God will make up for impiety towards parents.

To shew piety ( ευσεβειν ). Present active infinitive with  μανθανετωσαν and old verb, in N.T. only here and Ac 17:23. From  ευσεβης ( ευ, σεβομα ), pious, dutiful.

Their own family ( τον ιδιον οικον ). "Their own household." Filial piety is primary unless parents interfere with duty to Christ (Lu 14:26).

To requite ( αμοιβας αποδιδονα ). Present active infinitive of  αποδιδωμ, to give back, old and common verb (Ro 2:6), to keep on giving back.  Αμοιβας (from  αμειβομα, to requite like for like) is old and common word, but here only in N.T.

Their parents ( τοις προγονοις ). Dative case of old and common word  προγονος (from  προγινομα, to come before), "ancestor." In N.T. only here and 2Ti 1:3. See 2:3 for "acceptable" ( αποδεκτον ).

Desolate ( μεμονωμενη ). Perfect passive participle of  μονοω (from  μονος ), "left alone," old verb, here alone in N.T. Without husband, children, or other close kin.

Hath her hope set on God ( ηλπικεν επ θεον ). Perfect active indicative of  ελπιζω, "hath placed her hope (and keeps it) on God." Text doubtful whether God ( θεον ) or Lord ( Κυριον ).

Continues ( προσμενε ). See on 1:3. With dative case here.

Night and day ( νυκτος κα ημερας ). "By night and by day" (genitive, not accusative). Paul does not say that she should pray "all night and day."

She that giveth herself to pleasure ( η σπαταλωσα ). Present active participle of  σπλαταλαω, late verb (Polybius) from  σπαταλη (riotous, luxurious living). In N.T. only here and Jas 5:5.

That they may be without reproach ( ινα ανεπιλημπτο ωσιν ). See 3:2 for  ανεπιλημπτος. Final clause with  ινα and present subjunctive.

Provideth not for his own ( των ιδιων ου προνοε ). Condition of first class with  ε and present active (or middle  προνοειτα ) indicative of  προνοεω, old verb, to think beforehand. Pauline word in N.T. only here, 2Co 8:21; Ro 12:7. With genitive case.

He hath denied the faith ( την πιστιν ηρνητα ). Perfect middle indicative of old verb  αρνεομα. His act of impiety belies (Tit 1:16) his claim to the faith (Re 2:13).

Worse than an unbeliever ( απιστου χειρων ). Ablative case of  απιστου after the comparative  χειρων. Who makes no profession of piety.

Let none be enrolled as a widow ( χηρα καταλεγεσθω ). Present passive imperative of  καταλεγω, old verb, to set down in an official list, only here in N.T. "Let a widow be enrolled," the negative coming later, "having become of no less than sixty years" ( μη ελαττον ετων εξηκοντα γεγονυια ). Second perfect active participle of  γινομα. For the case of  ετων, see Lu 2:42. This list of genuine widows (verses 3,5) apparently had some kind of church work to do (care for the sick, the orphans, etc.).

The wife of one man ( ενος ανδρος γυνη ). Widows on this list must not be married a second time. This interpretation is not so clear for 3:2,12; Tit 1:6.

If she hath brought up children ( ε ετεκνοτροφησεν ). Condition of first class. Late and rare word (Aristotle, Epictetus), first aorist active indicative of  τεκνοτροφεω ( τεκνοτροφος, from  τεκνον, τρεφω ), here only in N.T. Qualification for her work as leader.

If she hath used hospitality to strangers ( ε εξενοδοχησεν ). First aorist again and same condition. Late form (Dio Cassius) of old verb  ξενοδοκεω (Herodotus), to welcome strangers ( ξενους δεχομα ). Only here in N.T. Hospitality another qualification for such leadership (3:2).

If she hath washed the saints' feet ( ε αγιων ποδας ενιψεν ). Same condition and tense of  νιπτω (old form  νιζω ), common in N.T. (Joh 13:5). Proof of her hospitality, not of its being a church ordinance.

If she hath relieved the afflicted ( ε θλιβομενοις επηρκεσεν ). Same condition and tense of  επαρκεω, to give sufficient aid, old word, in N.T. only here and verse 16. Experience that qualified her for eleemosynary work.

If she hath diligently followed ( ε επηκολουθησεν ). Same condition and tense of  επακολουθεω, old verb, to follow close upon ( επ ). So here, verse 24; 1Pe 2:21. In a word such a widow must show her qualifications for leadership as with bishops and deacons.

But younger widows refuse ( νεωτερας δε χηρας παραιτου ). Present middle imperative as in 4:7. "Beg off from." They lack experience as above and they have other ambitions.

When they have waxed wanton ( οταν καταστρηνιασωσιν ). First aorist (ingressive) active subjunctive of  καταστρηνιαω, late compound (only here and Ignatius), to feel the impulse of sexual desire, but simplex  στρηνιαω (Re 18:7,9). Souter renders it here "exercise youthful vigour against Christ" ( του Χριστου, genitive case after  κατα in composition).

Condemnation ( κριμα ). See 3:6.

They have rejected ( ηθετησαν ). First aorist passive of  αθετεω, late verb (first in LXX and Polybius), to reject, set aside (from  αθετος ). See 1Th 4:8; Ga 2:21.

Their first faith ( την πρωτην πιστιν ). "Their first pledge" (promise, contract) to Christ. It is like breaking the marriage contract. Evidently one of the pledges on joining the order of widows was not to marry. Parry suggests a kind of ordination as with deacons and bishops (technical use of  κριμα and  πιστις ).

And withal ( αμα δε κα ). See Phm 1:22 for this very phrase, "and at the same time also." Such young enrolled widows have other perils also.

They learn to be idle ( αργα μανθανουσιν ). There is no  εινα (to be) in the Greek. This very idiom without  εινα after  μανθανω occurs in Plato and Dio Chrysostom, though unusual.  Αργα (idle) is old adjective ( α privative and  εργον, without work). See Mt 20:3; Tit 1:12.

Going about ( περιερχομενα ). Present middle participle of  περιερχομα, old compound verb. See Ac 19:13 of strollers.

From house to house ( τας οικιας ). Literally "the houses," "wandering around the houses." Vivid picture of idle tattlers and gossipers.

But tattlers also ( αλλα κα φλυαρο ). Old word from  φλυω (to boil up, to throw up bubbles, like blowing soap bubbles). Only here in N.T.  Φλυαρεω in 3Jo 1:10 only in N.T.

And busybodies ( κα περιεργο ). Old word (from  περι, εργον ), busy about trifles to the neglect of important matters. In N.T. only here and Ac 19:19. See 2Th 3:11 for  περιεργαζομα.

Things which they ought not ( τα μη δεοντα ). "The not necessary things," and, as a result, often harmful. See Tit 1:11  α μη δε (which things are not necessary).

I desire ( βουλομα ). See 2:8.

The younger widows ( νεωτερας ). No article and no word for widows, though that is clearly the idea.  Νεωτερας is accusative of general reference with  γαμειν (to marry) the object (present infinitive active) of  βουλομα.

Bear children ( τεκνογονειν ). A compound verb here only in N.T. and nowhere else save in Anthol. See  τεκνογονια in 2:15.

Rule the household ( οικοδεσποτειν ). Late verb from  οικοδεσποτης (Mr 14:14), twice in the papyri, only here in N.T. Note that the wife is here put as ruler of the household, proper recognition of her influence, "new and improved position" (Liddon) .

Occasion ( αφορμην ). Old word ( απο, ορμη ), a base to rush from, Pauline use in 2Co 5:12; 11:12; Ga 5:13.

To the adversary ( τω αντικειμενω ). Dative case of the articular participle of  αντικειμα, a Pauline idiom (Php 1:28).

Reviling ( λοιδοριας ). Old word (from  λοιδορεω ), in N.T. only here and 1Pe 3:9. Genitive case with  χαριν.

Are turned aside ( εξετραπησαν ). Second aorist (effective) passive indicative of  εκτρεπω. See 1:6.

After Satan ( οπισω του Σατανα ). "Behind Satan." Late use of  οπισω (behind) as a preposition. Used by Jesus of disciples coming behind (after) him (Mt 16:24).

That believeth ( πιστη ). "Believing woman."

Hath widows ( εχε χηρας ). The "any believing woman" is one of the household-rulers of verse 14. The "widows" here are the widows dependent on her and who are considered as candidates to be enrolled in the list.

Let her relieve them ( επαρκειτω αυταις ). For this verb (imperative present active) see verse 10.

Let not be burdened ( μη βαρεισθω ). Present passive imperative (in prohibition  μη ) of  βαρεω, old verb ( βαρος, burden), Pauline word (2Co 1:8).

That are widows indeed ( ταις οντως χηραις ). Dative case with  επαρκεση (first aorist active subjunctive with  ινα, final clause). See verse 3 for this use of  οντως with  χηραις "the qualified and enrolled widows." Cf. verse 9.

The elders that rule well ( ο καλως προεστωτες πρεσβυτερο ). See verse 1 for ordinary sense of  πρεσβυτερος for "older man." But here of position in same sense as  επισκοπος (3:2) as in Tit 1:5 =  επισκοπος in verse 7. Cf. Luke's use of  πρεσβυτερος (Ac 20:17) = Paul's  επισκοπους (Ac 20:28).  Προεστωτες is second perfect active participle of  προιστημ (intransitive use) for which see 3:4.

Let be counted worthy ( αξιουσθωσαν ). Present passive imperative of  αξιοω, to deem worthy (2Th 1:11). With genitive case here.

Of double honour ( διπλης τιμης ). Old and common contract adjective ( διπλοος, two-fold, in opposition to  απλοος, single fold). But why "of double honour"? See 6:1 for "of all honour." White suggests "remuneration" rather than "honour" for  τιμης (a common use for price or pay). Liddon proposes "honorarium" (both honour and pay and so "double"). Wetstein gives numerous examples of soldiers receiving double pay for unusual services. Some suggest twice the pay given the enrolled widows.

Especially those who labour in word and teaching ( μαλιστα ο κοπιωντες εν λογω κα διδασκαλια ). Either those who work hard or toil (usual meaning of  κοπιαω, 2Ti 2:6) in preaching and teaching (most probable meaning. See verse 18) or those who teach and preach and not merely preside (a doubtful distinction in "elders" at this time). See Tit 1:8f. See both  κοπιαω and  προισταμα used for same men (elders) in 1Th 5:12 and the use of  κοπιαω in 1Co 15:10; 16:16.

Thou shalt not muzzle ( ου φιμωσεις ). Prohibition by  ου and future (volitive) indicative of  φιμοω (from  φιμος, muzzle), old word, quoted also in 1Co 9:9 as here from De 25:4, and for the same purpose, to show the preacher's right to pay for his work. See 1Co 9:9 for  αλοωντα ( when he treadeth out the corn ).

The labourer is worthy of his hire ( αξιος ο εργατης του μισθου αυτου ). These words occur in precisely this form in Lu 10:7. It appears also in Mt 10:10 with  της τροφης (food) instead of  του μισθου. In 1Co 9:14 Paul has the sense of it and says: "so also the Lord ordained," clearly meaning that Jesus had so said. It only remains to tell whether Paul here is quoting an unwritten saying of Jesus as he did in Ac 20:35 or even the Gospel of Luke or Q (the Logia of Jesus). There is no way to decide this question. If Luke wrote his Gospel before A.D. 62 as is quite possible and Acts by A.D. 63, he could refer to the Gospel. It is not clear whether Scripture is here meant to apply to this quotation from the Lord Jesus. For  εργατης (labourer) see Php 3:2.

Against an elder ( κατα πρεσβυτερου ). In the official sense of verses 17f.

Receive not ( μη παραδεχου ). Present middle imperative with  μη (prohibition) of  παραδεχομα, to receive, to entertain. Old verb. See Ac 22:18.

Accusation ( κατηγοριαν ). Old word (from  κατηγορος ). In N.T. only here, Tit 1:6; Joh 18:29 in critical text.

Except ( εκτος ε μη ). For this double construction see 1Co 14:5; 15:2.

At the mouth of ( επ ). Idiomatic use of  επ (upon the basis of) as in 2Co 13:1.

Them that sin ( τους αμαρτανοντας ). The elders who continue to sin (present active participle).

In the sight of all ( ενωπιον παντων ). "In the eye of ( ο εν οπ ων, the one who is in the eye of, then combined =  ενωπιον ) all" the elders (or even of the church). See next verse 21 and Ga 1:20. Public rebuke when a clear case, not promiscuous gossip.

May be in fear ( φοβον εχωσιν ). Present active subjunctive with  ινα (final clause), "may keep on having fear" (of exposure). Possibly, "the rest of the elders."

The elect angels ( των εκλεκτων αγγελων ). For this triad of God, Christ, angels, see Lu 9:26. "Elect" in the sense of the "holy" angels who kept their own principality (Jude 1:6) and who did not sin (2Pe 2:4). Paul shows his interest in angels in 1Co 4:9; 11:10.

Observe ( φυλαξηις ). First aorist active subjunctive of  φυλασσω, to guard, to keep (Ro 2:26). Subfinal use of  ινα.

Without prejudice ( χωρις προκριματος ). Late and rare word (from  προκινω, to judge beforehand), three times in the papyri, here only in N.T. "Without prejudgment."

By partiality ( κατα προσκλισιν ). Late word from  προσκλινω, to incline towards one (Ac 5:36), only here in N.T.

Lay hands hastily ( χειρας ταχεως επιτιθε ). Present active imperative of  επιτιθημ in the sense of approval (ordination) as in Ac 6:6; 13:3. But it is not clear whether it is the case of ministers just ordained as in 4:14 ( επιθεσις ), or of warning against hasty ordination of untried men, or the recognition and restoration of deposed ministers (verse 20) as suits the context. The prohibition suits either situation, or both.

Be partakers of other men's sins ( κοινωνε αμαρτιαις αλλοτριαις ). Present active imperative of  κοινωνεω (from  κοινωνος, partner) with  μη in prohibition with associative instrumental case as in 2Jo 1:11; Ro 12:13. On  αλλοτριος (belonging to another) see Ro 14:4.

Keep thyself pure ( σεαυτον αγνον τηρε ). "Keep on keeping thyself pure." Present active imperative of  τηρεω.

Be no longer a drinker of water ( μηκετ υδροποτε ). Present active imperative (prohibition) of  υδροποτεω, old verb (from  υδροποτης, water drinker,  υδωρ, πινω ), here only in N.T. Not complete asceticism, but only the need of some wine urged in Timothy's peculiar physical condition (a sort of medical prescription for this case).

But use a little wine ( αλλα αινω ολιγω χρω ). Present middle imperative of  χραομα with instrumental case. The emphasis is on  ολιγω (a little).

For thy stomach's sake ( δια τον στομαχον ). Old word from  στομα (mouth). In Homer throat, opening of the stomach (Aristotle), stomach in Plutarch. Here only in N.T. Our word "stomach."

Thine often infirmities ( τας πυκνας σου ασθενειας ).  Πυκνος is old word, dense, frequent. In N.T. only here, Lu 5:33; Ac 24:26.  Ασθενειας = weaknesses, lack of strength (Ro 8:26). Timothy was clearly a semi-invalid.

Evident ( προδηλο ). "Openly plain," "plain before all." Old word, in N.T. only here and Heb 7:24.

Going before unto judgment ( προαγουσα εις κρισιν ). See 1:18 for  προαγω. The sins are so plain that they receive instant condemnation.

And some men also they follow after ( τισιν δε κα επακολουθουσιν ). Associative instrumental case  τισιν with  επακολουθουσιν for which verb see verse 10, "dog their steps" (Parry) like 1Pe 2:21, not clearly manifest at first, but come out plainly at last. How true that is of secret sins.

Such as are otherwise ( τα αλλως εχοντα ). "Those (deeds,  εργα ) which have it otherwise." That is good deeds not clearly manifest.

Cannot be hid ( κρυβηνα ου δυναντα ). Second aorist passive infinitive of  κρυπτω. There is comfort here for modest preachers and other believers whose good deeds are not known and not blazoned forth. They will come out in the end. See Mt 5:14-16.

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