1 Timothy 5:17-25Contemporary English Version (CEV)
17 Church leaders[a] who do their job well deserve to be paid[b] twice as much, especially if they work hard at preaching and teaching. 18 It is just as the Scriptures say, “Don’t muzzle an ox when you are using it to grind grain.” You also know the saying, “Workers are worth their pay.”
19 Don’t listen to any charge against a church leader, unless at least two or three people bring the same charges. 20 But if any of the leaders should keep on sinning, they must be corrected in front of the whole group, as a warning to everyone else.
21 In the presence of God and Christ Jesus and their chosen angels, I order you to follow my instructions! Be fair with everyone, and don’t have any favorites.
22 Don’t be too quick to accept people into the service of the Lord[c] by placing your hands on them.
Don’t sin because others do, but stay close to God.
23 Stop drinking only water. Take a little wine to help your stomach trouble and the other illnesses you always have.
24 Some people get caught in their sins right away, even before the time of judgment. But other people’s sins don’t show up until later. 25 It is the same with good deeds. Some are easily seen, but none of them can be hidden.
5.17leaders: Or “elders” or “presbyters” or “priests.”
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