1 Timothy 5:16
New International Version
If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.

New Living Translation
If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.

English Standard Version
If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows.

Berean Study Bible
If any believing woman has dependent widows, she must assist them and not allow the church to be burdened, so that it can help the widows who are truly in need.

Berean Literal Bible
If any believing woman has dependent widows, let her impart relief to them, and let the church not be burdened, so that it may impart relief to those who are truly widows.

New American Standard Bible
If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

King James Bible
If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

Christian Standard Bible
If any believing woman has widows in her family, let her help them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it can help widows in genuine need.

Contemporary English Version
If a woman who is a follower has any widows in her family, she should help them. This will keep the church from having that burden, and then the church can help widows who are really in need.

Good News Translation
But if any Christian woman has widows in her family, she must take care of them and not put the burden on the church, so that it may take care of the widows who are all alone.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If any believing woman has widows in her family, she should help them, and the church should not be burdened, so that it can help those who are genuinely widows.

International Standard Version
If any woman is a believer and has relatives who are widows, she should help them. The church should not be burdened, so it can help those widows who have no other family members to care for them.

NET Bible
If a believing woman has widows in her family, let her help them. The church should not be burdened, so that it may help the widows who are truly in need.

New Heart English Bible
If any believing man or believing woman has widows, let them assist them, and do not let the church be burdened; that it might help those widows who are truly in need.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If male or female believers have widows, let them support them, and do not let them burden the church, so that it may have enough for those who are truly widows.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If any woman is a believer and has relatives who are widows, she should help them. In this way the church is not burdened and can help widows who have no families.

New American Standard 1977
If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, let her assist them, and let not the church be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If any faithful man or woman has widows, let them maintain them and let not the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones} be charged, that it may relieve those that are widows indeed.

King James 2000 Bible
If 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.

American King James Version
If any man or woman that believes have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

American Standard Version
If any woman that believeth hath widows, let her relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it mat relieve them that are widows indeed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any of the faithful have widows, let him minister to them, and let not the church be charged: that there may be sufficient for them that are widows indeed.

Darby Bible Translation
If any believing man or woman have widows, let them impart relief to them, and let not the assembly be charged, that it may impart relief to those [that are] widows indeed.

English Revised Version
If any woman that believeth hath widows, let her relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

Webster's Bible Translation
If any man or woman that believeth hath widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

Weymouth New Testament
If a believing woman has widows dependent on her, she should relieve their wants, and save the Church from being burdened--so that the Church may relieve the widows who are really in need.

World English Bible
If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and don't let the assembly be burdened; that it might relieve those who are widows indeed.

Young's Literal Translation
If any believing man or believing woman have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the assembly be burdened, that those really widows it may relieve.
Study Bible
Support for Widows
15For some have already turned aside to follow Satan. 16If any believing woman has dependent widows, she must assist them and not allow the church to be burdened, so that it can help the widows who are truly in need . 17Elders who lead effectively are worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.…
Cross References
1 Timothy 5:3
Support the widows who are truly in need.

1 Timothy 5:4
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show godliness to their own family and repay their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.

1 Timothy 5:5
The widow who is truly in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day in her petitions and prayers.

1 Timothy 5:9
A widow should be enrolled if she is at least sixty years old, the wife of one man,

1 Timothy 5:10
and well known for good deeds such as bringing up children, entertaining strangers, washing the feet of the saints, imparting relief to the afflicted, and devoting herself to every good work.

Treasury of Scripture

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

let them.

1 Timothy 5:4,8
But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God…

widows indeed.

1 Timothy 5:3,5
Honour widows that are widows indeed…







Lexicon
If
Εἴ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

any
τις (tis)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

believing [woman]
πιστὴ (pistē)
Adjective - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 4103: Trustworthy, faithful, believing. From peitho; objectively, trustworthy; subjectively, trustful.

has
ἔχει (echei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2192: To have, hold, possess. Including an alternate form scheo skheh'-o; a primary verb; to hold.

[dependent] widows,
χήρας (chēras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5503: Feminine of a presumed derivative apparently from the base of chasma through the idea of deficiency; a widow, literally or figuratively.

she must assist
ἐπαρκείτω (eparkeitō)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1884: To aid, relieve, do service, render help, be strong enough for. From epi and arkeo; to avail for, i.e. Help.

them
αὐταῖς (autais)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Feminine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

not
μὴ (mē)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3361: Not, lest. A primary particle of qualified negation; not, lest; also (whereas ou expects an affirmative one) whether.

{allow} the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

church
ἐκκλησία (ekklēsia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

to be burdened,
βαρείσθω (bareisthō)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 916: To weight, load, burden, lit. and met. From barus; to weigh down.

so that
ἵνα (hina)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2443: In order that, so that. Probably from the same as the former part of heautou; in order that.

it can help
ἐπαρκέσῃ (eparkesē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1884: To aid, relieve, do service, render help, be strong enough for. From epi and arkeo; to avail for, i.e. Help.

the
ταῖς (tais)
Article - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

widows [who are]
χήραις (chērais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5503: Feminine of a presumed derivative apparently from the base of chasma through the idea of deficiency; a widow, literally or figuratively.

truly [ in need ].
ὄντως (ontōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3689: Really, truly, actually. Adverb of the oblique cases of on; really.
(16) If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them.--This is not what, at first sight, it appears to be--a mere repetition of the injunction of 1Timothy 5:4; 1Timothy 5:8. There the duties enjoined were what may be termed filial; the love, respect, and kindness to the aged was especially pressed on the younger, on the children and grandchildren of the desolate, on the master of the house or family to which the aged widow belonged. Here the reference belongs exclusively to the younger widows, who (see Note above) were, no doubt, very numerous in a great Asian Church like Ephesus; for the future of these women, often still young and totally unprovided for, St. Paul was very anxious. Until a new home was found for such, of course the Church cared for them, but this heavy burden on the Church's alms must be lightened as much as possible. It was the plain duty of relatives to care for these in their hour of destitution and sorrow. The Church would have many a one, still comparatively speaking young, utterly dependent on its scanty funds--friendless as well as homeless.

It has been asked: How is it that, considering the prominence here given to the questions (a) of the support of Christian widows, (b) of the rules respecting presbyteral widows, who evidently occupied a position of dignity and importance in the Church of the first days, no other mention of this class in the community (with the exception of Acts 6:1; Acts 9:39) appears in the whole New Testament.

This has been pressed as one of the arguments pointing to a much later date for the writing of the Epistle; but the question is, after all, readily and conclusively answered. With the exception of the short Epistle to Titus, the subject of the internal organisation of a church is nowhere handled. There is no room or place for such a mention in any of the more exclusively doctrinal or apologetic Epistles. In the broad field of ecclesiastical history occupied by the Acts, the two casual allusions above referred to, in the Churches of Jerusalem and Lydda, tell us of the existence of and the care for these widows in the communities of Christians, even in the earliest years of the Church's existence.

Verse 16. - Woman for man or woman, A.V. and T.R.; hath for have, A.V.; her for them, A.V.; burdened for charged, A.V. If any woman, etc. So the preponderance of the best manuscripts, and the texts of Lachmann, Buttmann, Tischendorf, etc. But the T.R. is retained by Alford, Ellicott, 'Speaker's Commentary,' and others. If the R.V. is right, the woman only is mentioned as being the person who has the management of the house. The precept here seems to be an extension of that in ver. 4, which relates only to children and grandchildren, and to be given, moreover, with special reference to Christian widows who had no believing relations to care for them, and so were necessarily cast upon the Church. Let her relieve them (ἐπαρκείτω, as in vet 10). Widows indeed (ταῖς ὄντως χήραις, as in vers. 2 and 5). 5:9-16 Every one brought into any office in the church, should be free from just censure; and many are proper objects of charity, yet ought not to be employed in public services. Those who would find mercy when they are in distress, must show mercy when they are in prosperity; and those who show most readiness for every good work, are most likely to be faithful in whatever is trusted to them. Those who are idle, very seldom are only idle, they make mischief among neighbours, and sow discord among brethren. All believers are required to relieve those belonging to their families who are destitute, that the church may not be prevented from relieving such as are entirely destitute and friendless.
Jump to Previous
Assembly Assist Believer Believes Believeth Believing Burdened Care Charged Church Dependent Faith Family Help Impart Indeed Mat Need Real Really Relations Relief Relieve Save Wants Widows
Jump to Next
Assembly Assist Believer Believes Believeth Believing Burdened Care Charged Church Dependent Faith Family Help Impart Indeed Mat Need Real Really Relations Relief Relieve Save Wants Widows
Links
1 Timothy 5:16 NIV
1 Timothy 5:16 NLT
1 Timothy 5:16 ESV
1 Timothy 5:16 NASB
1 Timothy 5:16 KJV

1 Timothy 5:16 Bible Apps
1 Timothy 5:16 Biblia Paralela
1 Timothy 5:16 Chinese Bible
1 Timothy 5:16 French Bible
1 Timothy 5:16 German Bible

Alphabetical: a and any are assist be believer burdened can church dependent family has help her If in indeed is it let may must need not really she should so that the them those who widows with woman

NT Letters: 1 Timothy 5:16 If any man or woman who believes (1 Tim. 1Ti iTi 1tim i Tm) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
1 Timothy 5:15
Top of Page
Top of Page