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17 The elders who lead the church well should receive great honor. Those who work hard by speaking and teaching especially should receive great honor. 18 For the Scripture says, “When an ox is working in the grain, do not cover its mouth to keep it from eating.”[a] And the Scripture also says, “A worker should be given his pay.”[b]

19 Do not listen to someone who accuses an elder, unless there are two or three other persons who say he did wrong.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:18 “When . . . eating.” Quotation from Deuteronomy 25:4.
  2. 5:18 “A worker . . . pay.” Quotation from Luke 10:7.

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