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1 Timothy 5:4-14 (New American Standard)

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4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, 1they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to amake some return to their parents; for this is 2acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now she who is a 3widow indeed and who has been left alone, 4has fixed her hope on God and continues in 5entreaties and prayers night and day. 6 But she who 6gives herself to wanton pleasure is 7dead even while she lives. 7 b8Prescribe 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 9denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 A widow is to be 10put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been 11the wife of one man, 10 having a reputation for 12good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has 13shown hospitality to strangers, if she 14has washed the csaints' feet, if she has 15assisted 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 16sensual 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 17gossips and 18busybodies, talking about 19things not proper to mention. 14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get 20married, bear children, 21keep house, and 22give the enemy no occasion for reproach;
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