1 Timothy 5:14

14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, and manage their households, so as to give the adversary no occasion to revile us.

1 Timothy 5:14 Meaning and Commentary

1 Timothy 5:14

I will therefore that the younger women marry
Or "the younger" widows rather; and so some copies read; for this is not the apostle's advice to young women in general, though it will suit with them, but with younger widows in particular, of whom he is speaking:

bear children;
and bring them forth, and feed, and nourish them, and bring them up in a religious way:

guide the house;
manage domestic affairs, direct, order, or do what is proper to be done for the good of the family; which is much more commendable than to throw themselves upon the church, and live an idle and wanton life, and after that marry: and so

give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully;
that is, either that Satan, the grand adversary of the saints, might have no opportunity to reproach them, and cast in their teeth their unbecoming walk, or accuse them before the throne; or that any enemy of the Christian religion might have no room nor reason to speak evilly of Christ, his Gospel, truths, and ordinances, on account of the disorderly conversation of any that profess his name; or that the (o antikeimenov) , the great opposer of Christ, the man of sin, and son of perdition, even antichrist, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:4 ) , might have no handle from hence to speak reproachfully of marriage, and forbid it, under a pretence of sanctity, as ( 1 Timothy 4:3 ) .

1 Timothy 5:14 In-Context

12 and so they incur condemnation for having violated their first pledge.
13 Besides that, they learn to be idle, gadding about from house to house; and they are not merely idle, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say.
14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, and manage their households, so as to give the adversary no occasion to revile us.
15 For some have already turned away to follow Satan.
16 If any believing woman has relatives who are really widows, let her assist them; let the church not be burdened, so that it can assist those who are real widows.