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17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[a] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[b]

19 Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses.

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  1. 5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
  2. 5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.