For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands;
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.
Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.
“Leave your orphans behind, I will keep them alive; And let your widows trust in Me.”
and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.
and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out,
These all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Now in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.
but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness.
But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.
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.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good,
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior.