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

3 Honour widows that are widows indeed. But if any widow have children or grand children, let these learn first to shew piety at home, 4 and to requite their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed and desolate, trusteth in God and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And enjoin these things, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own family, he hath denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.

9 Let not a widow be chosen under threescore years old, 10 having been the wife of one husband, Well reported of for good works, if she hath brought up children, if she hath lodged strangers, if she hath washed the feet of the saints, if she hath relieved the afflicted, if she hath diligently followed every good work. 11 But the younger widows refuse; for when they are waxed wanton against Christ, they want to marry; 12 Having condemnation, because they have rejected their first faith. 13 And withal they learn to be idle, going about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers and busy bodies, speaking what they ought not. 14 I counsel therefore the younger women to marry, bear children, guide the family, give no occasion of reproach to the adversary. 15 For some are already turned aside after Satan. 16 If any believing man or woman hath widows, let them relieve them; and let not the church be burthened, that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.