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1 Don't be harsh or impatient with an older man. Talk to him as you would your own father, and to 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 Reverently honor an older woman as you would your mother, and the younger women as sisters. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 Take care of widows who are destitute. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 If a widow has family members to take care of her, let them learn that religion begins at their own doorstep and that they should pay back with gratitude some of what they have received. This pleases God immensely. 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 You can tell a legitimate widow by the way she has put all her hope in God, praying to him constantly for the needs of others as well as her own. 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 exploits people's emotions and pocketbooks - well, there's nothing to her. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Tell these things to the people so that they will do the right thing in their extended family. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 Anyone who neglects to care for family members in need repudiates the faith. That's worse than refusing to believe in the first place. 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 Sign some widows up for the special ministry of offering assistance. They will in turn receive support from the church. They must be over sixty, 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 helping out with children, strangers, tired Christians, the hurt and troubled. 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 put young widows on this list. No sooner will they get on than they'll want to get off, obsessed with wanting to get a husband rather than serving Christ in this way. 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 By breaking their word, they're liable to go from bad to worse, 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 frittering away their days on empty talk, gossip, and trivialities. 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 No, I'd rather the young widows go ahead and get married in the first place, have children, manage their homes, and not give critics any foothold for finding fault. 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 left and gone after Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 Any Christian woman who has widows in her family is responsible for them. They shouldn't be dumped on the church. The church has its hands full already with widows who need help. 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 a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones 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 Scripture tells us, "Don't muzzle a working ox," and, "A 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 listen to a complaint against a leader that isn't backed up by two or three responsible witnesses. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 If anyone falls into sin, call that person on the carpet. Those who are inclined that way will know right off they can't get by with it. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 God and Jesus and angels all back me up in these instructions. Carry them out without favoritism, without taking sides. 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 appoint people to church leadership positions too hastily. If a person is involved in some serious sins, you don't want to become an unwitting accomplice. In any event, keep a close check on yourself. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
23 And don't worry too much about what the critics will say. Go ahead and drink a little wine, for instance; it's good for your digestion, good medicine for what ails you. 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 blatant and march them right into court. The sins of others don't show up until much 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 The same with good deeds. Some you see right off, but none are hidden forever. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.