44 And all who believed were together and (A)had all things in common. 45 And (B)they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.

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Honor widows (A)who are truly widows. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn (B)to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for (C)this is pleasing in the sight of God. She (D)who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and (E)continues in supplications and prayers night and day, but (F)she who is self-indulgent is (G)dead even while she lives. (H)Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for (I)members of his household, he has (J)denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been (K)the wife of one husband,[a] 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has (L)shown hospitality, (M)has washed the feet of the saints, has (N)cared for the afflicted, and has (O)devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when (P)their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also (Q)gossips and (R)busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have (S)younger widows marry, bear children, (T)manage their households, and (U)give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 (V)For some have already strayed after Satan.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 5:9 Or a woman of one man

27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: (A)to visit (B)orphans and widows in their affliction, and (C)to keep oneself (D)unstained from the world.

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The Final Judgment

31 (A)“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, (B)then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him (C)will be gathered (D)all the nations, and (E)he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates (F)the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then (G)the King will say to (H)those on his right, ‘Come, you (I)who are blessed by my Father, (J)inherit (K)the kingdom (L)prepared for you (M)from the foundation of the world. 35 For (N)I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you (O)gave me drink, (P)I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 (Q)I was naked and you clothed me, (R)I was sick and you (S)visited me, (T)I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And (U)the King will answer them, (V)‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these (W)my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:40 Or brothers and sisters

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