Honor widows 1who are truly widows.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn 2to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for 3this is pleasing in the sight of God.
She 4who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and 5continues in supplications and prayers night and day,
but 6she who is self-indulgent is 7dead even while she lives.
78Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for 9members of his household, he has 10denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been 11the wife of one husband,a10
and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has 12shown hospitality, 13has washed the feet of the saints, has 14cared for the afflicted, and has 15devoted herself to every good work.
But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when 16their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry
and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.
Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also 17gossips and 18busybodies, saying what they should not.
So I would have 19younger widows marry, bear children, 20manage their households, and 21give the adversary no occasion for slander.
1522For some have already strayed after Satan.
If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those 23who are truly widows.