Never administer a sharp reprimand to a man older than yourself; but entreat him as if he were your father, and the younger men as brothers;
the elder women too as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, with perfect modesty.
Honour widows who are really in need.
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let these learn first to show piety towards their own homes and to prove their gratitude to their parents; for this is well pleasing in the sight of God.
A widow who is really in need, friendless and desolate, has her hopes fixed on God, and continues at her supplications and prayers, night and day;
but a pleasure-loving widow is dead even while still alive.