3Honor widows that are actually widows.4But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let these learn first to practice godly devotion in their own household and to keep paying a due compensation to their parents and grandparents, for this is acceptable in God’s sight.5Now the woman who is actually a widow and left destitute has put her hope in God and persists in supplications and prayers night and day.6But the one that goes in for sensual gratification is dead though she is living.7So keep on giving these commands, that they may be irreprehensible.8Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith.
9Let a widow be put on the list who has become not less than sixty years old, a wife of one husband,10having a witness borne to her for fine works, if she reared children, if she entertained strangers, if she washed the feet of holy ones, if she relieved those in tribulation, if she diligently followed every good work.
11On the other hand, turn down younger widows, for when their sexual impulses have come between them and the Christ, they want to marry,12having a judgment because they have disregarded their first [expression of] faith.13At the same time they also learn to be unoccupied, gadding about to the houses; yes, not only unoccupied, but also gossipers and meddlers in other people’s affairs, talking of things they ought not.14Therefore I desire the younger widows to marry, to bear children, to manage a household, to give no inducement to the opposer to revile.15Already, in fact, some have been turned aside to follow Satan.16If any believing woman has widows, let her relieve them, and let the congregation not be under the burden. Then it can relieve those who are actually widows.
17Let the older men who preside in a fine way be reckoned worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard in speaking and teaching.18For the scripture says: “You must not muzzle a bull when it threshes out the grain”; also: “The workman is worthy of his wages.”19Do not admit an accusation against an older man, except only on the evidence of two or three witnesses.20Reprove before all onlookers persons who practice sin, that the rest also may have fear.21I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the chosen angels to keep these things without prejudgment, doing nothing according to a biased leaning.
22Never lay your hands hastily upon any man; neither be a sharer in the sins of others; preserve yourself chaste.
23Do not drink water any longer, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent cases of sickness.
24The sins of some men are publicly manifest, leading directly to judgment, but as for other men [their sins] also become manifest later.25In the same way also the fine works are publicly manifest and those that are otherwise cannot be kept hid.