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1 Timothy 5 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Don't tell an older man off. Make an appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat 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 Treat older women as if they were your mothers. Treat younger women as if they were your sisters. Be completely pure in the way you treat them. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 Take care of the widows who really need help. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 But suppose a widow has children or grandchildren. They should first learn to put their faith into practice. They should care for their own family. In that way they will pay back their parents and grandparents. That 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 The widow who really needs help and is left all alone puts her hope in God. Night and day she keeps on praying. Night and day she asks God for help. 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 even while she is still living. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Give those directions to the people also. Then no one can be blamed. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 Everyone should provide for his own relatives. Most of all, everyone should take care of his own family. If he doesn't, he has left the faith. He is worse than someone who doesn't believe. 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 No widow should be put on the list of widows unless she is more than 60 years old. She must also have been faithful to her husband. 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
10 She must be well known for the good things she does. That includes bringing up children. It includes inviting guests into her home. It includes washing the feet of God's people. It includes helping those who are in trouble. A widow should spend her time doing all kinds of 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 put younger widows on that kind of list. They might want pleasure more than they want Christ. Then they would want to get married again. 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 If they do that, they will be judged. They have broken their first promise. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 Besides, they get into the habit of having nothing to do. They go around from house to house. They waste time. They talk about others. They bother people. They say 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 here is the advice I give to younger widows. Get married. Have children. Take care of your own homes. Don't give the enemy the chance to tell lies about you. 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 In fact, some have already turned away to follow Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 Suppose a woman is a believer and has widows in her family. She should help them. She shouldn't let the church pay the expenses. Then the church can help the widows who really need it. 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 the church's work well are worth twice as much honor. That is true in a special way of elders who preach and teach. 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 says, "Do not stop the ox from eating while it helps separate the grain from the straw."#1(Deuteronomy 25:4)#2 Scripture also says, "Workers are worthy of their pay."#1(Luke 10:7)#2 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 believe a charge against an elder unless two or three witnesses bring it. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 Elders who sin should be corrected in front of the other believers. That will be a warning to the others. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 I command you to follow those directions. I command you in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels. Treat everyone the same. Don't favor one person over another. 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 too quick to place your hands on others to set them apart to serve God. Don't take 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 Stop drinking only water. If your stomach is upset, drink a little wine. It can also help the other sicknesses you often have. 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 easy to see. They are already being judged. Others will be judged 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 works are easy to see. But even good works that are hard to see can't stay hidden. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.