That are widows indeed (ta ontw chra). For ontw (actually, really), see Luke 23:47 ; 1 Corinthians 14:25 ; and verse 1 Timothy 5:5 . For widows (chra) see Mark 12:40Mark 12:42 ; Acts 6:1 ; 1 Corinthians 7:8 . Parry notes that in verses 1 Timothy 5:3-8 Paul discusses widows who are in distress and 1 Timothy 9-16 those who are in the employment of the local church for certain work. Evidently, as in Acts Acts 6:1-6 , so here in Ephesus there had arisen some trouble over the widows in the church. Both for individual cases of need and as a class Timothy is to show proper respect (tima, keep on honouring) the widows.