THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
X. Concerning the Saints
of Different Ages
1 Do not 1upbraid an aelderly man, but exhort him as a father, byounger men as brothers,
2 aElderly women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.
3 1Honor widows who are really awidows.
4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to 1show arespect toward their own household and to render a 2return to their bparents; for this is cacceptable in the sight of God.
5 Now she who is really a widow and is left alone has set her ahope on God and continues in petitions and bprayers night and day.
6 But she who gives herself to apleasure is bdead while living.
7 These things also acharge, that they may be without reproach.
8 But if anyone does not provide for 1his own, and especially for those of his household, he has adenied the 2faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9 Let a widow be enrolled, not under sixty years old, having been the awife of one man,
10 1Well attested for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has shown ahospitality to strangers, if she has bwashed the saints' feet, if she has cassisted the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every dgood work.
11 But younger widows refuse; for when they follow their passions in disregard of Christ, they desire to marry,
12 And thus have condemnation because they have set aside their first 1pledge.
13 And at the same time they also learn to be idle, going around from house to house; and they are not only idle but also gossips and abusybodies, speaking bthings which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that 1younger widows amarry, 2bear children, bkeep house, give no opportunity to the opposer for reproach;
15 For already some have turned aside after aSatan.
16 If any believing woman has widows in her family, let her assist them, and let not the church be burdened, that it may assist those who are really awidows.
XI. Concerning the Elders
17 Let the aelders who btake the lead well be counted worthy of double 1honor, 2especially those who labor in 3word and teaching.
18 For the Scripture says, a"You shall not muzzle an ox that is treading out the grain,'' and, b"The workman is worthy of his pay.''
19 Against an elder do not 1receive an accusation, except based upon two or three awitnesses.
20 The ones who sin 1areprove bbefore 2all that the rest also may have fear.
21 I solemnly acharge you before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen 1angels that you keep these things without 2prejudice, doing nothing by way of 3partiality.
22 1aLay hands 2quickly on no man, nor bparticipate in others' sins; ckeep yourself pure.
23 1No longer drink water only, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent 2illnesses.
24 The 1sins of some men are openly 2manifest, going before to judgment; and for others, 3they 4also follow after.
25 Likewise also the 1good works are openly manifest, and those that are otherwise cannot be ahidden.