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1 Timothy 5:3-16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.