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. 18For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”#5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7. 19Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others. 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. 25In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.