4But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God.
5She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day,
6but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives.
7Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach.
8But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
9Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,1
10and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work.
11But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry
12and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.
13Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not.
14So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander.