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1 Do not rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat the younger men as your brothers, 1 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, with all purity. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 Show respect for widows who really are all alone. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they should learn first to carry out their religious duties toward their own family and in this way repay their parents and grandparents, because that is what pleases God. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
5 A widow who is all alone, with no one to take care of her, has placed her hope in God and continues to pray and ask him for his help night and day. 5 The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
6 But a widow who gives herself to pleasure has already died, even though she lives. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Give them these instructions, so that no one will find fault with them. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 But if any do not take care of their relatives, especially the members of their own family, they have denied the faith and are worse than an unbeliever. 8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 Do not add any widow to the list of widows unless she is over sixty years of age. In addition, she must have been married only once 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
10 and have a reputation for good deeds: a woman who brought up her children well, received strangers in her home, performed humble duties for other Christians, helped people in trouble, and devoted herself to doing good. 10 and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.
11 But do not include younger widows in the list; because when their desires make them want to marry, they turn away from Christ, 11 As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.
12 and so become guilty of breaking their earlier promise to him. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 They also learn to waste their time in going around from house to house; but even worse, they learn to be gossips and busybodies, talking of things they should not. 13 Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
14 So I would prefer that the younger widows get married, have children, and take care of their homes, so as to give our enemies no chance of speaking evil of us. 14 So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.
15 For some widows have already turned away to follow Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 But if any Christian woman has widows in her family, she must take care of them and not put the burden on the church, so that it may take care of the widows who are all alone. 16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.
17 The elders who do good work as leaders should be considered worthy of receiving double pay, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching. 17 The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
18 For the scripture says, "Do not muzzle an ox when you are using it to thresh grain" and "Workers should be given their pay." 18 For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."
19 Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or more witnesses. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 Rebuke publicly all those who commit sins, so that the rest may be afraid. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the holy angels I solemnly call upon you to obey these instructions without showing any prejudice or favor to anyone in anything you do. 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
22 Be in no hurry to lay hands on people to dedicate them to the Lord's service. Take no part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
23 Do not drink water only, but take a little wine to help your digestion, since you are sick so often. 23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
24 The sins of some people are plain to see, and their sins go ahead of them to judgment; but the sins of others are seen only later. 24 The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
25 In the same way good deeds are plainly seen, and even those that are not so plain cannot be hidden. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.