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1 Timothy 5 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Never use harsh words when you correct an older man, but talk to him as if he were your father. Talk to younger men as if they were 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 older women as if they were your mothers, and younger women as if they were your sisters, while keeping yourself morally pure. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 Honor widows who have no families. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 The children or grandchildren of a widow must first learn to respect their own family by repaying their parents. This is pleasing in God's sight. 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 has no family has placed her confidence in God by praying and asking 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 the widow who lives for pleasure is dead although she is still alive. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Insist on these things so that widows will have good reputations. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 If anyone doesn't take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the Christian faith and is 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 Any widow who had only one husband and is at least 60 years old should be put on your list [of widows]. 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
10 People should tell about the good things she has done: raising children, being hospitable, taking care of believers' needs, helping the suffering, or always doing good things. 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 Don't include younger widows [on your list]. Whenever their natural desires become stronger than their devotion to Christ, they'll want to marry. 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 They condemn themselves by rejecting the Christian faith, the faith they first accepted. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 At the same time, they learn to go around from house to house since they have nothing else to do. Not only this, but they also gossip and get involved in other people's business, saying things they shouldn't say. 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 want younger widows to marry, have children, manage their homes, and not give the enemy any chance to ridicule them. 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 Some of them have already turned away to follow Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 If any woman is a believer and has relatives who are widows, she should help them. In this way the church is not burdened and can help widows who have no families. 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 Give double honor to spiritual leaders who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching the word [of God]. 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 After all, Scripture says, "Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing grain," and "The worker deserves his 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 Don't pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 Reprimand those leaders who sin. Do it in front of everyone so that the other leaders will also be afraid. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 I solemnly call on you in the sight of God, Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels to be impartial when you follow what I've told you. Never play favorites. 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 Don't be in a hurry to place your hands on anyone [to ordain him]. Don't participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself morally 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 Stop drinking only water. Instead, drink a little wine for your stomach because you are frequently sick. 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 obvious, going ahead of them to judgment. The sins of others follow them there. 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, the good things that people do are obvious, and those that aren't obvious can't remain hidden. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.