1 An elder shouldest thou not reprove, but beseech as a father; the younger as brethren;
1 Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
1 Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers,
1 Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him as if he were your father. Treat younger men like brothers,
2 The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.
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 as mothers, and with all propriety, the younger women as sisters.
2 older women like mothers, and younger women like sisters, with absolute purity.
4 And if any widow have children or descendants, let them learn first to be pious to their own house, and to return recompenses to their progenitors: for this is good and acceptable before God.
4 but if any widow has children or grandchildren, (E)they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to (a)make some return to their parents; for this is (F)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 any widow has children or grandchildren, they must learn to practice godliness toward their own family first and to repay their parents, for this pleases 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.
5 And she truly a widow, and forsaken, has hoped in God, and remains in supplications 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.
6 And she living luxuriously is dead, living.
6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
6 But the self-indulgent widow is just as good as dead.
7 And these things proclaim, that they might be irreprehensible.
7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.
7 Command this also, so they won’t be blamed.
7 Continue to give these instructions, so that they may be blameless.
8 And if any for his own, and chiefly for his own household provide not, he has denied the faith, and is worse than the unbelieving.
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.
9 Let not a widow be chosen less than sixty years, having been 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.
10 Testified of in good works; if she have brought up children, if she lodged strangers, if she washed the feet of the holy, if she relieved the pressed, if she followed every good work.
10 having a reputation for (P)good works; and if she has brought up children, if she has (Q)shown hospitality to strangers, if she (R)has washed the (c)saints’ feet, if she has (S)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.
11 And the younger widows reject: for when they conduct themselves arrogantly against Christ, they wish to marry:
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.
12 Having judgment, for they put away the first faith.
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.
13 And at the same time also they learn to be idle, going round about the houses; and not only idle, but also indulging in idle talk, and occupied with unnecessary things, speaking things not becoming.
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.
14 I wish therefore the younger to marry, to bear children, to rule the house, to give no occasion to him opposing 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.
16 If any man or woman faithful have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be loaded; that it may relieve the truly widows.
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.
17 Let the elders having presided well be deemed worthy of double honour, chiefly they being wearied in word and doctrine.
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.
18 For the writing says, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox grinding. And, The laborer worthy of his hire.
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."
19 Against an elder receive not an accusation from without, except from 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."
20 Them having sinned rebuke before all, that the rest also have fear.
20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.
20 Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid.
20 As for those who keep on sinning, rebuke them in front of everyone so that the rest will also be afraid.
21 I call to witness before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the chosen angels, that thou watch these things without preference, doing nothing by bending.
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.
22 Put hands swiftly upon none, nor participate in others' sins: keep thyself pure.
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.
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach and thy frequent weaknesses.
23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
23 Don’t continue drinking only water, but use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
23 Stop drinking only water, but use a little wine for your stomach because of your frequent illnesses.
24 Some men's sins are manifest, going before to judgment; and also to some they follow in the train.
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.
25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest; and having these otherwise, it cannot be hid.
25 Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.
25 Likewise, good works are obvious, and those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden.
25 In the same way, good actions are obvious, and those that are not cannot remain hidden.
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