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1 Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as though he were your own father. Talk to the younger men as you would to your own 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 the older women as you would your mother, and treat the younger women with all purity as your own sisters. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 The church should care for any widow who has no one else to care for her. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God very much. 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 But a woman who is a true widow, one who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. Night and day she asks God for help and spends much time in prayer. 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 only for pleasure is spiritually dead. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Give these instructions to the church so that the widows you support will not be criticized. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 But those who won't care for their own relatives, especially those living in the same household, have denied what we believe. Such people are worse than unbelievers. 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 A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was 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 respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers? Has she served other Christians humbly? Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do 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 The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 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 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 Besides, they are likely to become lazy and spend their time gossiping from house to house, getting into other people's business and saying things they shouldn't. 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 advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against 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 For I am afraid that some of them have already gone astray and now follow Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 If a Christian woman has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for widows who are truly 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 Elders who do their work well should be paid well, especially those who work hard at both 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 keep an ox from eating as it treads out the grain." And in another place, "Those who work deserve 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 complaints against an elder unless there are two or three witnesses to accuse him. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 Anyone who sins should be rebuked in front of the whole church so that others will have a proper fear of God. 20 Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the holy angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing special favor to anyone. 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 Never be in a hurry about appointing an elder. Do not participate 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 Don't drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often. 23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
24 Remember that some people lead sinful lives, and everyone knows they will be judged. But there are others whose sin will not be revealed until 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, everyone knows how much good some people do, but there are others whose good deeds won't be known until later. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.