Bible: 1 Timothy 5:17-25

5:17 Elders who provide effective leadership 1  must be counted worthy 2  of double honor, 3  especially those who work hard in speaking 4  and teaching. 5:18 For the scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” 5  and, “The worker deserves his pay.” 6  5:19 Do not accept an accusation against an elder unless it can be confirmed by two or three witnesses. 7  5:20 Those guilty of sin 8  must be rebuked 9  before all, 10  as a warning to the rest. 11  5:21 Before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, I solemnly charge you to carry out these commands without prejudice or favoritism of any kind. 12  5:22 Do not lay hands on anyone 13  hastily and so identify with the sins of others. 14  Keep yourself pure. 5:23 (Stop drinking just water, but use a little wine for your digestion 15  and your frequent illnesses.) 16  5:24 The sins of some people are obvious, going before them into judgment, but for others, they show up later. 17  5:25 Similarly good works are also obvious, and the ones that are not cannot remain hidden.

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