C L 5:1. Men. M 5:2-16. Women. L 5:17-6:2. Men
1 Timothy 5)
1 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
M j 2-. Elder. In respect of age. k -2. Younger. " j 3-10. Elder. Widows. k 11-16. Younger. "
2 The elder women as mothers;
the younger as sisters, with all purity.
3 Honor widows that are widows indeed.
4 But if any widow have children or grand-children (or other descendants), let them learn first to treat reverently their own household, and to return recompenses their parents: for that is good and acceptable in the sight of God.
5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, has hoped (implying continued hoping) in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day.
6 But she that lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.
7 And these things give in charge, in order that they may be blameless.
8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 Let not a widow be enrolled into the number less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man.
10 Borne witness to good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.
11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have grown wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having judgment, because they have cast off their first faith.
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. (Lit. for the sake of reviling)
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.
16 If any man or woman that believes have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.
L l 5:17-20. Elders. m 5:21-25. Charge. l 6:1,2-. Bond-servants. m 6:-2. Charge.
17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
18 For the scripture saith, "You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn." (See 1 Cor. 9:9. The latter part of the verse is from Matt. 10:10,&c.) And, "The laborer is worthy of his pay."
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may have fear.
21 I charge you before God, and the Lord Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that you guard these things apart from prejudging one before prejudice, doing nothing by partiality (Lit. inclining towards).
22 Lay hands hastily on no one (i.e. without sufficient testing), neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure. (Gr. hagmos. See 2 Cor. 7:11. Not as the word is used today, but as clear from aiding in sending unfit men into the ministry, from which all the churches are suffering at this very hour. Cp. Jude 11.)
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.
24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment (some are notoriously unfit; the unfitness of others is not manifest till they are tested); and some men they follow after.
25 Likewise the good works also of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise are not able to be hid.