1 Timothy 5:17-25 (Common English Bible)

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Instructions for elders

17 Elders who lead well should be paid double, especially those who work with public speaking and teaching. 18 The scripture says, Don't put a muzzle on an ox while it treads grain,a and Workers deserve their pay.b 19 Don't accept an accusation made against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Discipline those who are sinning in front of everyone so that all the others will be afraid. 21 I charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to follow these practices without bias, and without playing favorites. 22 Don't rush to commission anyone to leadership, and don't participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself morally pure. 23 Don't drink water anymore, but use a little wine because of your stomach problems and your frequent illnesses. 24 The sins of some people are obvious, and the sins are judged before the people must face judgment, but the sins of other people show up later. 25 In the same way, the good that people do is also obvious and can't be hidden.
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