1 Do not chide a senior, but exhort him as a father; and younger men as brethren: 2 the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters, with all purity.
3 Honour widows who are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow have children or grandchildren, let these learn first to shew piety at home, and to make suitable returns to their parents: for this is becoming, and acceptable in the sight of God. 5 Now she, that is really a widow and desolate, hopeth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that indulgeth to luxury, is dead while she liveth. 7 These things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own family, he hath renounced the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
9 Let not a widow be chosen into the number under sixty years old, 10 having been the wife of one man: in repute for good actions, if she have educated children, if she have entertained strangers, if she have washed the feet of saints, if she have relieved the afflicted, and diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they grow wanton against Christ, they will needs marry: 12 and are therefore to be condemned, because they violate their first faith. 13 And withal being idle they learn to go about from house to house: and are not only idle, but tatlers also and busy-bodies, talking of things unbecoming them. 14 I would therefore have the younger widows marry, bear children, manage houshold affairs, and give no occasion to the adversary for reproach. 15 For some are already turned aside after Satan. 16 And if any believer have relations widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be burdened; that it may relieve those that are indeed widows and desolate.
17 Let the elders, who preside well, be counted worthy of double honor, especially those that labour in preaching and teaching. 18 For the scripture saith, "Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn:" and, "The workman is worthy of his hire."
19 Receive not an accusation against an elder, unless from two or three witnesses. 20 Those that offend reprove before all, that others also may fear. 21 I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou keep to these things without preference of persons, doing nothing with partiality. 22 Lay hands on no man precipitately, and be not hereby a partaker in the sins of others. Keep thyself pure. 23 Drink no longer water only, but use a little wine with it, for the sake of thy stomach and thy frequent infirmities. 24 The sins of some men are notorious, leading as it were to their condemnation; and some more artful they follow after. 25 So also the good works of some are manifest; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.