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1 Timothy 5:7-9 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Reinforce[a] these commands,[b] so that they will be beyond reproach. But if someone does not provide for his own,[c] especially his own family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No widow should be put on the list[d] unless[e] she is at least sixty years old, was the wife of one husband,[f]


  1. 1 Timothy 5:7 tn Here καί (kai) has not been translated because of differences between Greek and English style.
  2. 1 Timothy 5:7 tn Grk “and command these things.”
  3. 1 Timothy 5:8 tn That is, “his own relatives.”
  4. 1 Timothy 5:9 sn This list was an official enrollment, apparently with a formal pledge to continue as a widow and serve the Lord in that way (cf. v. 12). It was either (1) the list of “true widows” who were given support by the church or (2) a smaller group of older women among the supported widows who were qualified for special service (perhaps to orphans, other widows, the sick, etc.). Most commentators understand it to be the former, since a special group is not indicated clearly. See G. W. Knight, Pastoral Epistles, 222-23 for discussion.
  5. 1 Timothy 5:9 tn Grk “let a widow be enrolled if she has reached not less than sixty years.”
  6. 1 Timothy 5:9 tn Or “a woman married only once,” “was devoted solely to her husband” (see the note on “wife” in 1 Tim 3:2; also 1 Tim 3:12; Titus 1:6).
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