1 Timothy 5:1-25, NLT
1 Timothy 5
Advice about Widows, Elders, and Slaves
1Never speak harshly to an older man,*5:1 Or an elder. but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers.
3Take care of*5:3 Or Honor. any widow who has no one else to care for her.
5Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help.
8But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
9A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband.*5:9 Greek was the wife of one husband.
11The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry.
16If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.
17Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,*5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor. especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching.
19Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses.
21I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.
22Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader.*5:22 Greek about the laying on of hands. Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
23Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.
24Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later.