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

19 Do not listen to someone who accuses an elder, without two or three witnesses.

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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.