1 Timothy 5
King James 2000

How to Treat Men and Women Church Members

1Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers;

2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

How to Treat Widows in the Church

3Honor widows that are widows indeed.

4But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety at home, and so repay their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.

6But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.

7And these things give in a charge, that they may be blameless.

8But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

9Let not a widow be put on the list under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,

10Well 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.

11But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they will marry;

12Having judgment, because they have cast off their first faith.

13And at the same time they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but gossips also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

14I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, rule the house, give no occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15For some are already turned aside after Satan.

16If any man or woman that believes has widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

How to treat Elders in the Church

17Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.

18For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the grain. And, The laborer is worthy of his reward.

19Against an elder receive not an accusation, unless before two or three witnesses.

20Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

A Charge to Timothy

21I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

22Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

23Drink no longer water only, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent illnesses.

24Some men's sins are evident beforehand, going before them to judgment; and some men they follow after.

25Likewise also the good works of some are evident beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

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