1 Timothy 5:3-16 - The Support Of Widows

3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 But if any widow has children, or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety to their own house, and to give benefactions to their ancestors: for this is acceptable in the sight of God. 5 She who is truly a widow, and left alone, hopes in God, and abides in prayers and supplication night and day; 6 but she who is wanton is dead though living. 7 Indeed command these things, in order that they may be blameless. 8 But if any one provides not for his own, and especially those of his own house, he has denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

9 Let a widow not be taken into account under three score years, the wife of one husband, 10 being witness in beautiful works; if she has brought up children, if she has entertained strangers, if she has washed the feet of saints, if she has succored those in tribulation, if she has followed in every good work. 11 But reject the younger widows: for when they may wax wanton against Christ, they wish to marry; 12 having condemnation, because they have rejected their first faith: 13 and at the same time they learn to be idle, going about houses; and not only idle, but also loquacious even busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14 Therefore I wish the younger women to marry, to raise up children, to rule the house, to give no occasion to the adversary for the sake of reproach; 15 for already certain ones have turned away after Satan. 16 If any faithful woman has widows, let her support them, and let not the church be burdened; in order that she may give her attention to those who are truly widows.