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

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Honoring Worthy Elders and Dealing With Sinners

17 The elders who lead well must be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor by speaking and teaching. 18 For the scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox [while it]a is threshing,"b and "The worker [is] worthy of his wages."c 19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 Reprove those who sin in the presence of all, in order that the rest also may experience fear. 21 I testify solemnly before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels that you observe these [things] without prejudice, doing nothing according to partiality. 22 Lay hands on no one hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach and your frequent illnesses.) 24 The sins of some people are evident, preceding [them] to judgment, but for some also they follow after [them]. 25 Likewise also good works [are] evident, and those considered otherwise are not able to be hidden.
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