1 Timothy 5



Instructions About Widows

1 Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but rather appeal to him as a father, to the younger men as brothers,

1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

1 Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat younger men like brothers,

1 Do not sharply censure or rebuke an older man, but entreat and plead with him as [you would with] a father. Treat younger men like brothers;

2 the older women as mothers, and the younger women as sisters, in all purity.

2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

2 older women like mothers, and younger women like sisters, with absolute purity.

2 [Treat] older women like mothers [and] younger women like sisters, in all purity.

The Support Of Widows

3 Honor widows who are widows indeed;

3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.

3 Honor widows who have no other family members to care for them.

3 [Always] treat with great consideration and give aid to those who are truly widowed (solitary and without support).

4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

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.

4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to respect their own family by repaying their parents, for this is pleasing in God's sight.

4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, see to it that these are first made to understand that it is their religious duty [to defray their natural obligation to those] at home, and make return to their parents or grandparents [for all their care by contributing to their maintenance], for this is acceptable in the sight of God.

5 Now she who is a widow indeed and who has been left alone, has fixed her hope on God and continues in entreaties and prayers night and day.

5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day.

5 A woman who has no other family members to care for her and who is left all alone has placed her hope in God and devotes herself to petitions and prayers night and day.

5 Now [a woman] who is a real widow and is left entirely alone and desolate has fixed her hope on God and perseveres in supplications and prayers night and day,

6 But she who gives herself to wanton pleasure is dead even while she lives.

6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

6 But the self-indulgent widow is just as good as dead.

6 Whereas she who lives in pleasure and self-gratification [giving herself up to luxury and self-indulgence] is dead even while she [still] lives.

7 Prescribe these things as well, so that they may be above reproach.

7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

7 Continue to give these instructions, so that they may be blameless.

7 Charge [the people] thus, so that they may be without reproach and blameless.

8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

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.

8 If anyone does not take care of his own relatives, especially his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

8 If anyone fails to provide for his relatives, and especially for those of his own family, he has disowned the faith [by failing to accompany it with fruits] and is worse than an unbeliever [who performs his obligation in these matters].

9 A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,

9 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,

9 A widow may be put on the widows' list if she is at least sixty years old and has been the wife of one husband.

9 Let no one be put on the roll of widows [who are to receive church support] who is under sixty years of age or who has been the wife of more than one man;

10 having a reputation for good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.

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.

10 She must be well known for her good actions as a woman who has raised children, welcomed strangers, washed the saints' feet, helped the suffering, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.

10 And she must have a reputation for good deeds, as one who has brought up children, who has practiced hospitality to strangers [of the brotherhood], washed the feet of the saints, helped to relieve the distressed, [and] devoted herself diligently to doing good in every way.

11 But refuse to put younger widows on the list, for when they feel sensual desires in disregard of Christ, they want to get married,

11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

11 But do not include younger widows on your list. For whenever their natural desires cause them to lose their devotion to the Messiah, they want to remarry.

11 But refuse [to enroll on this list the] younger widows, for when they become restive and their natural desires grow strong, they withdraw themselves against Christ [and] wish to marry [again].

12 thus incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their previous pledge.

12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

12 They receive condemnation because they have set aside their prior commitment to the Messiah.

12 And so they incur condemnation for having set aside and slighted 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 gossips and busybodies, talking about things not proper to mention.

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.

13 At the same time, they also learn how to be lazy while going from house to house. Not only this, but they even become gossips and keep busy by interfering in other people's lives, saying things they should not say.

13 Moreover, as they go about from house to house, they learn to be idlers, and not only idlers, but gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not say and talking of things they should not mention.

14 Therefore, I want younger widows to get married, bear children, keep house, and give the enemy no occasion for reproach;

14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

14 Therefore, I want younger widows to remarry, have children, manage their homes, and not give the enemy any chance to ridicule them.

14 So I would have younger [widows] marry, bear children, guide the household, [and] not give opponents of the faith occasion for slander or reproach.

15 for some have already turned aside to follow Satan.

15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

15 For some widows have already turned away to follow Satan.

15 For already some [widows] have turned aside after Satan.

16 If any woman who is a believer has dependent widows, she must assist them and the church must not be burdened, so that it may assist those who are widows indeed.

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.

16 If any woman is a believer and has relatives who are widows, she should help them. The church should not be burdened, so it can help those widows who have no other family members to care for them.

16 If any believing woman or believing man has [relatives or persons in the household who are] widows, let him relieve them; let the church not be burdened [with them], so that it may [be free to] assist those who are truly widows (those who are all alone and are dependent).

Honoring Worthy Elders And Dealing With Sinners

17 The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

17 Elders who handle their duties well should be considered worthy of double compensation, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.

17 Let the elders who perform the duties of their office well be considered doubly worthy of honor [and of adequate financial support], especially those who labor faithfully in preaching and teaching.

18 For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

18 For the Scripture says, "You must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out grain," and, "A worker deserves his pay."

18 For the Scripture says, You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain, and again, The laborer is worthy of his hire.

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.

19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it is supported "by two or three witnesses."

19 Listen to no accusation [presented before a judge] against an elder unless it is confirmed by the testimony of two or three witnesses.

20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

20 As for those who keep on sinning, rebuke them in front of everyone so that the rest will also be afraid.

20 As for those who are guilty and persist in sin, rebuke and admonish them in the presence of all, so that the rest may be warned and stand in wholesome awe and fear.

21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of His chosen angels, to maintain these principles without bias, doing nothing in a spirit of partiality.

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.

21 With God as my witness, as well as the Messiah Jesus and the chosen angels, I solemnly call on you to carry out these instructions without prejudice, doing nothing on the basis of partiality.

21 I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the chosen angels that you guard and keep [these rules] without personal prejudice or favor, doing nothing from partiality.

22 Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

22 Do not ordain anyone hastily. Do not participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

22 Do not be in a hurry in the laying on of hands [giving the sanction of the church too hastily in reinstating expelled offenders or in ordination in questionable cases], nor share or participate in another man's sins; keep yourself pure.

23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.

23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

23 Stop drinking only water, but use a little wine for your stomach because of your frequent illnesses.

23 Drink water no longer exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

24 The sins of some men are quite evident, going before them to judgment; for others, their sins follow after.

24 Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

24 The sins of some people are obvious, leading them to judgment. The sins of others follow them there.

24 The sins of some men are conspicuous (openly evident to all eyes), going before them to the judgment [seat] and proclaiming their sentence in advance; but the sins of others appear later [following the offender to the bar of judgment and coming into view there].

25 Likewise also, deeds that are good are quite evident, and those which are otherwise cannot be concealed.

25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

25 In the same way, good actions are obvious, and those that are not cannot remain hidden.

25 So also, good deeds are evident and conspicuous, and even when they are not, they cannot remain hidden [indefinitely].



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