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.
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.
Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband;
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.
But refuse to enrol younger widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry,
and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge.
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.
So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, rule their households, and give the enemy no occasion to revile us.
For some have already strayed after Satan.
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.