Do not speak harshly to an older man, a but speak to him as to a father, to younger men as brothers,
to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters—with absolute purity.
Honor widows who are really widows.
If a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some repayment to their parents; for this is pleasing in God's sight.
The real widow, left alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day;
but the widow b who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
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