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17 Elders who provide effective leadership[a] must be counted worthy[b] of double honor,[c] especially those who work hard in speaking[d] and teaching. 18 For the scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”[e] and, “The worker deserves his pay.”[f] 19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses.[g]

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  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 tn Grk “who lead well.”
  2. 1 Timothy 5:17 tn Or “deserving.”
  3. 1 Timothy 5:17 tn Like the similar use of “honor” in v. 3, this phrase denotes both respect and remuneration: “honor plus honorarium.”
  4. 1 Timothy 5:17 tn Or “in preaching”; Grk “in word.”
  5. 1 Timothy 5:18 sn A quotation from Deut 25:4.
  6. 1 Timothy 5:18 sn A quotation from Luke 10:7.
  7. 1 Timothy 5:19 sn An allusion to Deut 17:6; 19:15.