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Respect toward Church Leaders

17 The pastors[a] who lead the church well should be paid well. They should receive double honor for faithfully preaching and teaching the revelation of the Word of God. 18 For the Scriptures have taught us: “Do not muzzle an ox or forbid it to eat while it grinds the grain.”[b] And also, “The one who labors deserves his wages.”[c]

19 Refuse to listen to suspicious accusations against the pastors who lead the flock unless you have two or three witnesses to confirm the accusations.

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  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 Or “elders,” also v. 19.
  2. 1 Timothy 5:18 See Deut. 25:4.
  3. 1 Timothy 5:18 See Lev. 19:13; Deut. 24:15.