3 Take care of widows who are really widows. 4 If a widow has children or grandchildren, they should first learn their family duties and give their parents financial help. This is correct and pleases God.
5 A true widow is one who, in being left alone, has set her hope in God, praying day and night to God and asking him for help. 6 On the contrary, a widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. 7 Warn them about this that they may be blameless. 8 Those who do not take care of their own, especially those of their household, have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers.
9 Let no one be put on the list of widows unless she is sixty years old and has been married only once. 10 She must be commended for her good works and the education of her children. Has she offered hospitality to, washed the feet of the saints, helped the suffering and practiced other good deeds?
11 Do not accept younger widows
14 So I want young widows to marry and have children, to rule their household and give adversaries no grounds for criticism. 15 Some have already strayed to follow Satan. 16 If any Christian wo man has widows in her family, let her assist them
Regarding the presbyters
:B:17 Let the elders who preside well receive double compensation, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 Scripture says: Do not muzzle the ox while it threshes grain, and: The worker deserves his wages.
19 Do not accept accusations against an elder except on the evi dence of two or three witnesses. 20 If he continues to sin, re buke him in the presence of the community, as a warning to the rest.
21 I urge you, in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and of the holy angels, to obey these rules with impartiality, without making distinctions. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, thus becoming an ac complice in the sins of others. Keep yourself free from blame. 24 The sins of some people are plain to see, even before they are examined
23 (Do not drink only water but take a little wine to help your digestion, because of your frequent illness.)