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17 Give double honor to spiritual leaders[a] who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching the word of God. 18 After all, Scripture says, “Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing[b] grain,” and “The worker deserves his pay.”

19 Don’t pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.

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  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 Or “pastors,” or “elders.”
  2. 1 Timothy 5:18 Threshing is the process of beating stalks to separate them from the grain.