1 Timothy 5:17-25 NIV

17 The elders1 who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor,2 especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

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18 For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,"a3 and "The worker deserves his wages."b4

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19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder5 unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.6

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20 Those who sin are to be rebuked7 publicly, so that the others may take warning.8

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21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus9 and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

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22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,10 and do not share in the sins of others.11 Keep yourself pure.12

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23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine13 because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

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24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.