Passage: 1 Timothy 5:1-3, 7-11, 19-22 (RSV)

1 Timothy 5

1Do not rebuke an older man but exhort him as you would a father; treat younger men like brothers,
2older women like mothers, younger women like sisters, in all purity.
3Honor widows who are real widows.
7Command this, so that they may be without reproach.
8If any one does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own family, he has disowned the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband;
10and she must be well attested for her good deeds, as one who has brought up children, shown hospitality, washed the feet of the saints, relieved the afflicted, and devoted herself to doing good in every way.
11But refuse to enrol younger widows; for when they grow wanton against Christ they desire to marry,
19Never admit any charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.
20As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.
21In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without favor, doing nothing from partiality.
22Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor participate in another man's sins; keep yourself pure.

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