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Giving Honor in the Community
1Never speak harshly to an older man but appeal to him as a father; to younger men as brothers;
2older women as mothers; and younger women as sisters—with complete purity.
3Honor widows who are really widows—
4but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to show devotion to their own home and give back to their parents, for this is pleasing before God.
5Now she who is really a widow and has been left alone, has put her hope in God and continues in petitions and prayers night and day.
6But she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
7Insist on these things, so that they might be beyond criticism.
8But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially those in his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Let a widow be listed only if she is at least sixty, was the wife of one husband,
10well known for good deeds, if she raised children, if she showed hospitality, if she washed the feet of the kedoshim, if she helped those in trouble, and if she devoted herself to every good work.
11But refuse younger widows; for when their sensual desires draw them away from the Messiah, they want to get married—
12facing judgment because they have set aside their previous pledge.
13And at the same time, they also learn to be idle, going around from house to house—and not just idle, but also gossipers and busybodies, saying things they should not.
14Therefore, I want the younger widows to get married, have children, manage a household, and give no opportunity to the enemy for slander.
15For some have already gone astray after satan.
16If any woman of faith has widows in need, let her help them and not let the community be burdened, so it may help the real widows.
17The elders who lead well are worthy of honor and honorarium—especially those who work hard in the word and teaching.
18For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox while he is threshing,” and, “The worker is worthy of his wage.”
19Do not accept an accusation against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
20Correct those who continue sinning in the presence of everyone, so that the rest also may fear.
21I solemnly charge you—before God and Messiah Yeshua and the chosen angels—to observe these things without taking sides, doing nothing out of favoritism.
22Do not lay hands on anyone hastily or take part in the sins of others—keep yourself pure.
23(No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach and for your frequent ailments.)
24The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment; but for others, their sins follow.
25Likewise, good deeds are obvious, and the others cannot stay hidden.
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