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13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.

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So a church leader must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife.[a] He must exercise self-control, live wisely, and have a good reputation. He must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must be able to teach.

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Footnotes

  1. 3:2 Or must have only one wife, or must be married only once; Greek reads must be the husband of one wife; also in 3:12.

10 She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly?[a] Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?

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Footnotes

  1. 5:10 Greek and washed the feet of God’s holy people?

Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!

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Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

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Caring for the Lord’s Workers

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord,[a] and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[b] So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.

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Footnotes

  1. 7a Greek They went out on behalf of the Name.
  2. 7b Greek from Gentiles.

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