1 Timothy 5:1-16 - Instructions About Widows

1 Do not rebuke an elderly man, but entreat him as a father; the younger men, as brothers: 2 the elder women, as mothers; the younger women, as sisters, with all purity.

3 Honor widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widow has children or grand-children, let them learn first to be dutiful to their own family, and to requite their parents; for that is good and acceptable in the sight of God. 5 But she that is a widow indeed, and left alone, trusts in God, and continues in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that lives voluptuously, is dead while she lives. 7 These things also give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 And if any one provides not for his own, and especially for those of his own house hold, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.

9 Let a widow be put on the list, if she is not under sixty years, having been the wife of one man, 10 having a good reputation for good works; if she has borne children, if she has entertained strangers, if she has washed the saints feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows reject: for when they become wanton against the Christ, they desire to marry, 12 incurring condemnation, because they have set aside their former obligation. 13 At the same time, also, they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also, and busybodies, speaking things which are not proper. 14 I will, therefore, that the younger widows marry, bear children, man age the house, and thus give no occasion to the adversaries to speak reproachfully. 15 For some have already turned aside after Satan. 16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let him or her relieve them, and let not the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are widows indeed.