1 Timothy

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1Directions to Timothy how to admonish persons of different conditions. 3Concerning widows. 17Elders, if they do well, are to be doubly honoured; 19and are not to be censured without full proof; and then openly and impartially. 22A caution not to ordain any one precipitately. 23Advice respecting Timothy's health. 24Some men's characters are more easily discerned than those of others.

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aREBUKE not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;

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The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, bwith all purity.

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cHonour widows that are widows indeed.

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But if any widow have children or nephews, dlet them learn first to shew 1piety at home, and to requite their parents: efor that is good and acceptable before God.

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fNow she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers gnight and day.

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hBut she that liveth 2in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

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iAnd these things give in charge, that they may be blameless.

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jBut if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his 3own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than kan infidel.

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Let not a widow be 4taken into the number under threescore years old, lhaving been the wife of one man,

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mWell reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work.

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But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to nwax wanton against Christ, they will marry;

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oHaving damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.

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And *withal pthey learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but qtattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

q 3Jn. 10.
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rI will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, sguide the house, give none occasion to the adversary 5to speak reproachfully.

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For some tare already turned aside after Satan.

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uIf any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are vwidows indeed.

v v.3,5,9,10.
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wLet the elders that rule well be counted worthy of xdouble honour, especially they who ylabour in the word and doctrine.

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For the scripture saith, zThou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

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Against aan elder receive not an accusation, but 6before btwo or three witnesses.

a Ac. 11.30. ch. 4.14.
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Them that sin crebuke before all, that others also may fear.

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dI charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the eelect angels, that thou observe these things f7without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

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gLay hands hsuddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

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iDrink no longer water, but use ja little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

j ch. 3.3,8.
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kSome men's sins are open beforehand, lgoing before to judgment; and some men they follow after.

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mLikewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.