1 Timothy 5:17
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New International Version
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

King James Bible
Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Darby Bible Translation
Let the elders who take the lead [among the saints] well be esteemed worthy of double honour, specially those labouring in word and teaching;

World English Bible
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.

Young's Literal Translation
The well-leading elders of double honour let them be counted worthy, especially those labouring in word and teaching,

1 Timothy 5:17 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Let the elders that rule well - Elder is probably here the name of an ecclesiastical officer, similar to what we now term presbyter. See on 1 Timothy 5:1 (note). Dr. Macknight has remarked that, "in the first age, the name πρεσβυτερος, elder, was given to all who exercised any sacred office in the Church, as is plain from Acts 20:28, where the persons are called επισκοποι, bishops, who, Acts 20:17, were called πρεσβυτεροι, elders. The same thing appears from Titus 1:5, where those are called elders who, Titus 1:7, are named bishops; and from 1 Timothy 4:14, where, collectively, all who held sacred offices in Lystra are called πρεσβυτεριον, the presbytery or eldership, and are said to have concurred with St. Paul in setting Timothy apart to the ministry."

Double honor - Διπλης τιμης. Almost every critic of note allows that τιμη here signifies reward, stipend, wages. Let him have a double or a larger salary who rules well; and why? Because in the discharge of his office he must be at expense, in proportion to his diligence, in visiting and relieving the sick, in lodging and providing for strangers; in a word, in his being given to hospitality, which was required of every bishop or presbyter.

Especially they who labor in the word and doctrine - Those who not only preach publicly, but instruct privately, catechize, etc. Some think this refers to distinct ecclesiastical orders; but these technical distinctions were, in my opinion, a work of later times.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the elders. See on ver.

1 Timothy 5:1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers;

rule.

1 Timothy 3:5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)

Matthew 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household...

Romans 12:8 Or he that exhorts, on exhortation: he that gives, let him do it with simplicity; he that rules, with diligence; he that shows mercy...

1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you...

Hebrews 13:7,17,24 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow...

be. See on ver.

1 Timothy 5:3 Honor widows that are widows indeed.

Acts 28:10 Who also honored us with many honors; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

Romans 15:27 It has pleased them truly; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things...

1 Corinthians 9:5-14 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas...

Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.

Philippians 2:29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

double.

2 Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you, before I be taken away from you...

Isaiah 40:2 Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned...

Jeremiah 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land...

Jeremiah 17:18 Let them be confounded that persecute me, but let not me be confounded: let them be dismayed, but let not me be dismayed...

Zechariah 9:12 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double to you;

labour.

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men...

Matthew 9:37,38 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few...

Luke 10:1,2,7 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place...

John 4:38 I sent you to reap that where on you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors.

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...

Romans 16:12 Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labor in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which labored much in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building.

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain...

1 Corinthians 16:16 That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Philippians 4:3 And I entreat you also, true yoke fellow, help those women which labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also...

2 Timothy 2:6 The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.

word.

1 Timothy 4:6,16 If you put the brothers in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ...

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.

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Of Confirmation.
It is surprising that it should have entered any one's mind to make a Sacrament of Confirmation out of that laying on of hands which Christ applied to little children, and by which the apostles bestowed the Holy Spirit, ordained presbyters, and healed the sick; as the Apostle writes to Timothy: "Lay hands suddenly on no man." (1 Tim. v. 22.) Why not also make a confirmation out of the sacrament of bread, because it is written: "And when he had received meat, he was strengthened" (Acts ix. 19); or
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Truly we must Consider, that God Gives us Some Goods...
9. Truly we must consider, that God gives us some goods, which are to be sought for their own sake, such as wisdom, health, friendship: but others, which are necessary for the sake of somewhat, such as learning, meat, drink, sleep, marriage, sexual intercourse. For of these certain are necessary for the sake of wisdom, as learning: certain for the sake of health, as meat and drink and sleep: certain for the sake of friendship, as marriage or sexual intercourse: for hence subsists the propagation
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

And not Without Just Cause a Doubt is Raised...
14. And not without just cause a doubt is raised, whether he said this of all married women, or of such as so many are, as that nearly all may be thought so to be. For neither doth that, which he saith of unmarried women, "She, that is unmarried, thinkest of the things of the Lord, to be holy both in body and spirit:" [1973] pertain unto all unmarried women: whereas there are certain widows who are dead, who live in delights. However, so far as regards a certain distinction and, as it were, character
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

Marriage, I Say, is a Good, and May Be...
24. Marriage, I say, is a good, and may be, by sound reason, defended against all calumnies. But with the marriage of the holy fathers, I inquire not what marriage, but what continence, is on a level: or rather not marriage with marriage; for it is an equal gift in all cases given to the mortal nature of men; but men who use marriage, forasmuch as I find not, to compare with other men who used marriage in a far other spirit, we must require what continent persons admit of being compared with those
St. Augustine—On the Good of Marriage

Cross References
Acts 11:30
This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Romans 12:8
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

1 Thessalonians 5:12
Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

1 Timothy 5:19
Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

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