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1 Do not rebuke an older man but exhort him as you would a father; treat younger men like 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 like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity. 2 older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
3 Honor widows who are real widows. 3 Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
4 If a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn their religious duty to their own family and make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of 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 She who is a real widow, and is left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers 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 whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 6 But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
7 Command this, so that they may be without reproach. 7 Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
8 If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the 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 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband; 9 No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
10 and she must be well attested for her good deeds, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, relieved the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way. 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 refuse to enrol younger widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire 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 and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, gadding about from house to house, and not only idlers but gossips and busybodies, saying what 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 have younger widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy no occasion to revile 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 have already strayed after Satan. 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her assist them; let the church not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are real widows. 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 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in 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, "You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain," and, "The laborer deserves his wages." 18 For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."
19 Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 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 elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without favor, doing nothing from partiality. 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 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor participate in another man's sins; 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 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments. 23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
24 The sins of some men are conspicuous, pointing to judgment, but the sins of others appear 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 So also good deeds are conspicuous; and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.