1 Timothy 5:3-16 (New American Standard)

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3 Honor widows who are 1widows indeed ; 4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, 2they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to amake some return to their parents ; for this is 3acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now she who is a 4widow indeed and who has been left alone, 5has fixed her hope on God and continues in 6entreaties and prayers night and day. 6 But she who 7gives herself to wanton pleasure is 8dead even while she lives. 7 b9Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has 10denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 A widow is to be 11put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been 12the wife of one man, 10 having a reputation for 13good works ; and if she has brought up children, if she has 14shown hospitality to strangers, if she 15has washed the csaints' feet, if she has 16assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel 17sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married, 12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous dpledge. 13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house ; and not merely idle, but also 18gossips and 19busybodies, talking about 20things not proper to mention. 14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get 21married, bear children, 22keep house, and 23give the enemy no occasion for reproach ; 15 for some 24have already turned aside to follow 25Satan. 16 If any woman who is a believer 26has dependent widows, she must 27assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are 28widows indeed.
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