Do not rebuke an older man1 harshly,2 but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men3 as brothers,
older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.44
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents,5 for this is pleasing to God.65
The widow who is really in need7 and left all alone puts her hope in God8 and continues night and day to pray9 and to ask God for help.
But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.107
Give the people these instructions,11 too, so that no one may be open to blame.
If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied12 the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,a10
and is well known for her good deeds,13 such as bringing up children, showing hospitality,14 washing the feet15 of the saints, helping those in trouble16 and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.
As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.