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1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man. 10 Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 15 For some are already turned aside after Satan. 16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed. 17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. 23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. 24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

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1 angela h = " We are commanded here to respect our elders just as we do our parents. Also to respect other believers as brothers and sisters. Paul adds "with all purity" here for a reason. We are to have no ulterior motives in the treatment of our fellow believers."
2 angela h = "Paul has spread this sentiment in many of his letters. 2 Thessalonians 3:10.God doesn't want us to be lazy. See also Proverbs 13:4; Proverbs 21:25-26; Proverbs 24:30-34; Ecclesiastes 10:18; and Colossians 3:23."
3 Deena E = "This is a very easily misinterpreted scripture in this present day. It should be first noted that the elderly widows of the church in the 1st century often took on mentorship roles. In the previous verses (9&10), Paul describes honorable widows. They generally led and instructed younger women to sincerely love and remain faithful to their husbands, lest the enemy gain a foothold and the Word of God be misrepresented. Paul further elaborates on this in Titus 2. These older widows had a very specialized role of instruction that only they could fill based on personal experience and their own faithfulness."
4 Deena E = "Let's keep in mind the times of the 1st century. Far and few between did women work, let alone a widow. Women were primarily responsible for caring for their household and children. I can honestly see how younger widows could easily become idle and get caught up in gossip, drama and other people's business. This would undoubtedly damage the church, so I understand why Paul gives Timothy this instruction on leading the church."
5 angela h = "We don't know everything that goes on with everyone. Here Paul is instructing Timothy how to run the church in a godly manor. He tells Timothy to take care of sin in the church, but that he wont see all the sin going on. He is not to be overly concerned with that because God will take care of it. Galatians 6:7"