Maagizo Kuhusu Wajane, Wazee Na Watumwa

Usimkemee mzee bali umwonye kama baba yako. Vijana uwaten dee kama ndugu zako. Uwaheshimu mama wazee kama mama zako na akina mama vijana kama dada zako , kwa usafi wote.

Waheshimu Wajane walioachwa pekee, ipasavyo. Kama mjane ana watoto ama wajukuu, hao watimize wajibu wao wa kidini kwa familia, kwa kuwahudumia wazazi na hivyo wawarudishie wema wal iowatendea. Kwa kufanya hivyo watampendeza Mungu. Mwanamke ambaye kweli ni mjane na ameachwa peke yake, anamwekea Mungu tumaini lake naye huendelea kusali na kuomba usiku na mchana. Lakini mwanamke aishie kwa anasa, amekufa, ingawa anaishi. Wape maagizo haya, ili wasiwe na lawama. Kama mtu hatunzi jamaa yake, hasa wale waliomo nyumbani mwake, ameikana imani yake, tena ni mbaya kuliko mtu asiyeamini.

Mjane ye yote ambaye hajafikia umri wa miaka sitini na ambaye alikuwa mwaminifu kwa mumewe, asiwekwe kwenye orodha ya wajane. Mjane anayestahili kuwekwa kwenye orodha hiyo lazima pia 10 awe mwenye sifa ya matendo mema, aliyewalea watoto wake vizuri, aliyekuwa mkarimu, aliyewaosha miguu watu wa Mungu, ali yewasaidia watu wenye taabu na aliyejitolea kufanya mema kwa kila njia. 11 Lakini wajane vijana usiwaweke kwenye orodha hiyo, maana tamaa zao za kimaumbile zikizidi kule kujitoa kwao kwa Kristo, watataka kuolewa tena. 12 Na kwa njia hiyo watajiletea hukumu kwa kuivunja ahadi yao ya mwanzo. 13 Isitoshe, wajane kama hao wana tabia ya uvivu wakizurura nyumba kwa nyumba. Tena hawawi wavivu tu, bali pia huwa wasengenyaji, wajiingizao katika mambo yasiyowahusu na kusema mambo wasiyopaswa kusema.

Kwa hiyo napenda wajane vijana waolewe, wazae watoto na watunze nyumba zao, ili yule adui asipate nafasi ya kusema uovu juu yetu. 15 Kwa maana wajane wengine wamekwisha kupotoka na kumfuata she tani.

16 Lakini kama mama mwamini anao ndugu ambao ni wajane, basi awatunze mwenyewe, kanisa lisibebe mzigo huo, ili liweze kuwat unza wale wajane ambao hawana msaada.

Wazee

17 Wazee wa kanisa wanaoongoza shughuli za kanisa vema wanastahili heshima mara mbili, hasa wale ambao kazi yao ni kuhu biri na kufundisha. 18 Maana Maandiko husema, “Ng’ombe apurapo nafaka usimfunge kinywa,” na tena, “Mfanyakazi anastahili msha hara wake.” 19 Usikubali kusikiliza mashtaka juu ya mzee wa kanisa kama hayakuletwa na mashahidi wawili au watatu. 20 Wale wanaoendelea kutenda dhambi uwaonye hadharani kusudi wengine wapate kuogopa.

21 Ninakuamuru mbele ya Mungu, na mbele ya Kristo Yesu na mbele ya malaika wateule, tekeleza maagizo haya pasipo kubagua wala upendeleo. 22 Usiwe na haraka kumwekea mtu mikono wala usishiriki katika dhambi za mtu mwingine, jiweke katika hali ya usafi.

23 Usiendelee kunywa maji tu bali tumia divai kidogo kwa ajili ya tumbo lako na maumivu yako ya mara kwa mara.

24 Dhambi za watu wengine ni dhahiri nazo zinatangulia huku muni mbele yao. Lakini dhambi za watu wengine huonekana baadaye. 25 Hali kadhalika matendo mema ni dhahiri na hata kama si dha hiri hayawezi kuendelea kufichika.

Widows, Elders and Slaves

Do not rebuke an older man(A) harshly,(B) but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men(C) as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity.

Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.(D) 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,(E) for this is pleasing to God.(F) The widow who is really in need(G) and left all alone puts her hope in God(H) and continues night and day to pray(I) and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives.(J) Give the people these instructions,(K) so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied(L) the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, 10 and is well known for her good deeds,(M) such as bringing up children, showing hospitality,(N) washing the feet(O) of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble(P) and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds.

11 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. 12 Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. 13 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 busybodies(Q) who talk nonsense,(R) saying things they ought not to. 14 So I counsel younger widows to marry,(S) to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander.(T) 15 Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan.(U)

16 If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need.(V)

17 The elders(W) who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor,(X) especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18 For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,”[a](Y) and “The worker deserves his wages.”[b](Z) 19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder(AA) unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.(AB) 20 But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove(AC) before everyone, so that the others may take warning.(AD) 21 I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus(AE) and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism.

22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands,(AF) and do not share in the sins of others.(AG) Keep yourself pure.(AH)

23 Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine(AI) because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

24 The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. 25 In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 5:18 Deut. 25:4
  2. 1 Timothy 5:18 Luke 10:7

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