1Do not rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as a father, younger ones as brothers,
2elderly women as mothers, younger ones as sisters, in all cleanliness.
3Respect widows who are truly widows.
4But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to treat their own house reverently, and to repay their parents. For this is good and acceptable before Elohim.
5And she who is truly a widow, and left alone, trusts in Elohim and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.
6But she who is living in luxury is dead while she lives.
7And command these matters, in order for them to be blameless.
8And if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the belief and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Do not enrol a widow unless she is over sixty years of age, having been the wife of one man,
10well reported for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the feet of the set-apart ones, if she has assisted the afflicted, if she has closely followed every good work.
11But refuse the younger widows, for when they become headstrong against the Messiah, they desire to marry,
12having guilt because they set aside their first belief.
13Moreover, they learn to be idle, going about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, speaking what is improper.
14So I resolve that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, giving no occasion to the adversary for reviling.
15For already some have turned aside after Satan.
16If any believing man or woman has widows, let such assist them, and do not let the assembly be burdened, in order to assist those who are truly widows.
17Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double respect, especially those who labour in the word and teaching.
18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,”# Deu. 25:4 and, “The labourer is worthy of his wages.”# Lev. 19:13
19Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.# Deu. 17:6; Deu. 19:15
20Reprove those who are sinning, in the presence of all, so that the rest also might fear.
21I earnestly witness before Elohim and the Master יהושע Messiah, and the chosen messengers, that you watch over these matters without prejudice, doing none at all with partiality.
22Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in sins of others. Keep yourself clean.
23No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake and your frequent ailments.
24The sins of some men are obvious, leading on to judgment, but those of some men follow later.
25In the same way, the good works are obvious, while it is impossible to conceal those that are otherwise.