New International Version
older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
King James Bible
The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.
Darby Bible Translation
elder women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity.
World English Bible
the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.
Young's Literal Translation
aged women as mothers, younger ones as sisters -- in all purity;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
The elder women as mothers - Treating them with the respect due to their age.
The younger as sisters - Feel for every member of the Church, old and young, male and female; consider them as fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters; treat them all with gentleness; and labor to keep them in, not to expel them from, the Church.
With all purity - Εν πασῃ ἁγνειᾳ· With all chastity. See the note on 1 Timothy 4:12.
There are some who seem to take a barbarous pleasure in expelling members from, the Church. They should be continued in as long as possible; while they are in the Church - under its ordinances and discipline, there is some hope that their errors may be corrected; but when once driven out again into the world, that hope must necessarily become extinct. As judgment is God's strange work, so excommunication should be the strange, the last, and the most reluctantly performed work of every Christian minister.
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1 Timothy 5:1
Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
1 Timothy 5:3
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
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