7a1Prescribethesethings 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 2denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
A widow is to be 3put on the list only if she is not less than sixtyyears old, having been 4the wife of oneman,
10having a reputation for 5goodworks; and if she has brought up children, if she has 6shownhospitality to strangers, if she 7has washed the bsaints'feet, if she has 8assisted those in distress, and if she has devotedherself to everygoodwork.
But refuse to put youngerwidows on the list, for when they feel9sensualdesires in disregard of Christ, they want to getmarried,
thus incurringcondemnation, because they have setaside their previouscpledge.
At the sametime they alsolearn to be idle, as they goaround from house to house; and not merelyidle, but also10gossips and 11busybodies, talking about 12things not proper to mention.
14Therefore, I wantyounger widows to get13married, bearchildren, 14keephouse, and 15give the enemynooccasion for reproach;
for some16have alreadyturnedaside to follow17Satan.
16Ifanywoman who is a believer18has dependent widows, she must 19assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assistthose who are 20widowsindeed.