So I counsel younger widows to marry,1 to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.215
Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.316
If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.417
The elders5 who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor,6 especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,"a7 and "The worker deserves his wages."b819
Do not entertain an accusation against an elder9 unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.1020
Those who sin are to be rebuked11 publicly, so that the others may take warning.1221
I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus13 and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,14 and do not share in the sins of others.15 Keep yourself pure.1623
Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine17 because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.