but ifanywidowhaschildrenorgrandchildren, 1they must firstlearn to practicepiety in regard to their ownfamily and to amake some return to their parents ; for this is 2acceptable in the sight of God.
5Now she who is a 3widowindeed and who has been leftalone, 4has fixed her hope on God and continues in 5entreaties and prayersnight and day.
But she who 6givesherself to wantonpleasure is 7dead even while she lives.
7b8Prescribethesethings 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 9denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A widow is to be 10put on the list only if she is not less than sixtyyears old, having been 11the wife of oneman,
10having a reputation for 12goodworks ; and if she has brought up children, if she has 13shownhospitality to strangers, if she 14has washed the csaints'feet, if she has 15assisted those in distress, and if she has devotedherself to everygoodwork.
But refuse to put youngerwidows on the list, for when they feel16sensualdesires 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 also17gossips and 18busybodies, talking about 19things not proper to mention.
14Therefore, I wantyounger widows to get20married, bearchildren, 21keephouse, and 22give the enemynooccasion for reproach ;