3Honorwidows who are 1widowsindeed ;
but ifanywidowhaschildrenorgrandchildren, 2they must firstlearn to practicepiety in regard to their ownfamily and to amake some return to their parents ; for this is 3acceptable in the sight of God.
5Now she who is a 4widowindeed and who has been leftalone, 5has fixed her hope on God and continues in 6entreaties and prayersnight and day.
But she who 7givesherself to wantonpleasure is 8dead even while she lives.
7b9Prescribethesethings as well, so that they may be abovereproach.
But ifanyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has 10denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A widow is to be 11put on the list only if she is not less than sixtyyears old, having been 12the wife of oneman,
10having a reputation for 13goodworks ; and if she has brought up children, if she has 14shownhospitality to strangers, if she 15has washed the csaints'feet, if she has 16assisted those in distress, and if she has devotedherself to everygoodwork.
But refuse to put youngerwidows on the list, for when they feel17sensualdesires in disregard of Christ, they want to getmarried,
thus incurringcondemnation, because they have setaside their previousdpledge.
At the sametime they alsolearn to be idle, as they goaround from house to house ; and not merelyidle, but also18gossips and 19busybodies, talking about 20things not proper to mention.
14Therefore, I wantyounger widows to get21married, bearchildren, 22keephouse, and 23give the enemynooccasion for reproach ;
for some24have alreadyturnedaside to follow25Satan.
16Ifanywoman who is a believer26has dependent widows, she must 27assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assistthose who are 28widowsindeed.