1 Timothy 5:1-16

Honor Widows

1 1Do not sharply rebuke an 2older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to 3the younger men as brothers,
2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3 Honor widows who are 4widows indeed;
4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, 5they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is 6acceptable in the sight of God.
5 Now she who is a 7widow indeed and who has been left alone, 8has fixed her hope on God and continues in 9entreaties and prayers night and day.
6 But she who 10gives herself to wanton pleasure is 11dead even while she lives.
7 12Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.
8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has 13denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 A widow is to be 14put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been 15the wife of one man,
10 having a reputation for 16good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has 17shown hospitality to strangers, if she 18has washed the saints' feet, if she has 19assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.
11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel 20sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married,
12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge.
13 At the same time they also learn to be idle, as they go around from house to house; and not merely idle, but also 21gossips and 22busybodies, talking about 23things not proper to mention.
16 If any woman who is a believer 29has dependent widows, she must 30assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are 31widows indeed.
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