Do not rebuke an older man but exhort him as you would a father; treat younger men like brothers,
older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.
Honor widows who are real widows.
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.
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;
whereas she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
Command this, so that they may be without reproach.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)