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1 Timothy chapter 5

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Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers,
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older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.
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Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
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But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
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The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help.
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But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.
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Give the people these instructions, too, so that no one may be open to blame.
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If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband,
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and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.
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As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry.
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Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge.
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Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying things they ought not to.
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So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.
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Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.
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If any woman who is a believer has widows in her family, she should help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.
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The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
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For the Scripture says, "Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain," and "The worker deserves his wages."
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Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
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Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning.
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I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.
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Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.
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Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.
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The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them.
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In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden.

1 Timothy chapter 6

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All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered.
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Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.
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If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
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he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
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and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
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But godliness with contentment is great gain.
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For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
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But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
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People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
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For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
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But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
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Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
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In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you
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to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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which God will bring about in his own time-- God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
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who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
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Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
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Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
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In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
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Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,
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which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

Titus chapter 1

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Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness--
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a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time,
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and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,
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To Titus, my true son in our common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
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The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
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An elder must be blameless, the husband of but one wife, a man whose children believe and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient.
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Since an overseer is entrusted with God's work, he must be blameless-- not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain.
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Rather he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
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He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
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For there are many rebellious people, mere talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision group.
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They must be silenced, because they are ruining whole households by teaching things they ought not to teach-- and that for the sake of dishonest gain.
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Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."
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This testimony is true. Therefore, rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith
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and will pay no attention to Jewish myths or to the commands of those who reject the truth.
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To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.
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They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.

Titus chapter 2

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You must teach what is in accord with sound doctrine.
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Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
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Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good.
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Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children,
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to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
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Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled.
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In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness
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and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.
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Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them,
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and not to steal from them, but to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our Savior attractive.
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For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.
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It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,
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while we wait for the blessed hope-- the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,
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who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.
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These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.

Titus chapter 3

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Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good,
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to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
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At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.
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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,
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he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,
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whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,
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so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.
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This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
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But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless.
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Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him.
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You may be sure that such a man is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.
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As soon as I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, do your best to come to me at Nicopolis, because I have decided to winter there.
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Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need.
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Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.
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Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.
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