11Do not sharplyrebuke an 2olderman, but rather appeal to him as a father, to 3the youngermen as brothers,
the olderwomen as mothers, and the youngerwomen as sisters, in allpurity.
3Honorwidows who are 4widowsindeed ;
but ifanywidowhaschildrenorgrandchildren, 5they must firstlearn to practicepiety in regard to their ownfamily and to amake some return to their parents ; for this is 6acceptable in the sight of God.
5Now she who is a 7widowindeed and who has been leftalone, 8has fixed her hope on God and continues in 9entreaties and prayersnight and day.
But she who 10givesherself to wantonpleasure is 11dead even while she lives.
7b12Prescribethesethings 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 13denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A widow is to be 14put on the list only if she is not less than sixtyyears old, having been 15the wife of oneman,
10having a reputation for 16goodworks ; and if she has brought up children, if she has 17shownhospitality to strangers, if she 18has washed the csaints'feet, if she has 19assisted those in distress, and if she has devotedherself to everygoodwork.
But refuse to put youngerwidows on the list, for when they feel20sensualdesires 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 also21gossips and 22busybodies, talking about 23things not proper to mention.
14Therefore, I wantyounger widows to get24married, bearchildren, 25keephouse, and 26give the enemynooccasion for reproach ;
for some27have alreadyturnedaside to follow28Satan.
16Ifanywoman who is a believer29has dependent widows, she must 30assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assistthose who are 31widowsindeed.