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1 Timothy 5:17-25 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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17 Give double honor to spiritual leaders who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching the word [of God]. 18 After all, Scripture says, "Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing grain," and "The worker deserves his pay." 19 Don't pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. 20 Reprimand those leaders who sin. Do it in front of everyone so that the other leaders will also be afraid. 21 I solemnly call on you in the sight of God, Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels to be impartial when you follow what I've told you. Never play favorites. 22 Don't be in a hurry to place your hands on anyone [to ordain him]. Don't participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself morally pure. 23 Stop drinking only water. Instead, drink a little wine for your stomach because you are frequently sick. 24 The sins of some people are obvious, going ahead of them to judgment. The sins of others follow them there. 25 In the same way, the good things that people do are obvious, and those that aren't obvious can't remain hidden.
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