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17 The leaders who lead well should be considered worthy of double honor, especially those working hard at communicating the Word and at teaching. 18 For the Tanakh says, “You are not to muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain,”[a] in other words, “The worker deserves his wages.” 19 Never listen to any accusation against a leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.[b]

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  1. 1 Timothy 5:18 Deuteronomy 25:4
  2. 1 Timothy 5:19 Deuteronomy 17:6; 19:15

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