1 Timothy Chapter 5

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 5

1-2 Do not rebuke an elder, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brethren, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with all purity.

3-8 Honor widows who are indeed widows. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety at home and repay their parents, which is good and acceptable before God. Now she who is truly a widow, and desolate, trust in God, continues in prayers and supplications night and day. But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. And these things command that they may be blameless. But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.

9-10 Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, having been the wife of one man, well reported of for good works; if she has brought up children if she has lodged strangers if she has washed the saints' feet if she has relieved the afflicted if she has diligently followed every good work.

11-16 But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they will marry, having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. And besides, they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. Therefore, I wish that the younger women marry, bear children, manage the house, and give the adversary no occasion to speak reproachfully. For some have already turned aside after Satan. If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who truly are widows.

17-20 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn, and, The laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not receive an accusation against an elder without two or three witnesses. Those who sin rebuke before all that others may also fear.

21-22 I charge you before God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins; keep yourself pure.

23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

24-25 Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding some to judgment, but some follow after. Likewise, the good works of some are manifest now, and those that are otherwise cannot be hidden.

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