Saints are to care for their worthy poor—Policies concerning elders are given.
1 aRebuke not an elder, but bentreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as asisters, with all purity.
3 Honour awidows that are widows indeed.
4 But if any widow have achildren or bnephews, let them learn first to shew cpiety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and adesolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.
6 But she that liveth ain bpleasure is dead while she liveth.
7 And these things agive in charge, that they may be blameless.
8 But if any aprovide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years aold, having been the wife of one man,
10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have alodged strangers, if she have bwashed the saints’ cfeet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having adamnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
13 And withal they learn to be aidle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and bbusybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14 I awill therefore that the younger bwomen marry, bear cchildren, guide the dhouse, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them arelieve them, and let not the church be bcharged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
17 Let the aelders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not amuzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The blabourer is worthy of his creward.
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three awitnesses.
20 Them that sin arebuke before all, that others also may fear.
21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect aangels, that thou observe these things bwithout preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
22 aLay bhands suddenly on no cman, neither be dpartaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself epure.
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
24 Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they afollow after.
25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.