17 [a]The Elders that rule well, let them be had in [b]double honor, [c]specially they which labor in the word and doctrine.

18 For the Scripture saith, (A)Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn: and, (B)The laborer is worthy of his wages.

19 [d]Against an Elder receive none accusation, but under two or three witnesses.

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  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 Now he giveth rules, and showeth how he ought to behave himself with the Elders, that is to say, with the Pastors and such as have the governance in the discipline of the Church, which is president of their company. The first rule: Let the Church or Congregation see unto this especially, as God himself hath commanded, that the Elders that do their duty well, be honestly maintained.
  2. 1 Timothy 5:17 We must be more careful for them, than for the rest.
  3. 1 Timothy 5:17 There were two kinds of Elders, the one attended upon the government only, and looked to the manners of the Congregation; the other did beside that, attend upon preaching and prayers, to and for the Congregation.
  4. 1 Timothy 5:19 The second rule: Let no accusation be admitted against an Elder, but under two or three witnesses.