Let the elders 1who rule well be considered worthy of 2double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
For the Scripture says, 3"You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain," and, 4"The laborer deserves his wages."19
Do not admit a charge against an elder except 5on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
As for those who persist in sin, 6rebuke them in the presence of all, 7so that the rest may stand in fear.
In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels 8I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, 9doing nothing from partiality.
2210Do not be hasty in the 11laying on of hands, nor 12take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.
(No longer drink only water, but 13use a little wine 14for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.)
The sins of some men are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later.
So also good works are conspicuous, and 15even those that are not cannot remain hidden.