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Give Unbiased Church Support And Respect To Elders Leading Well

17 Let the elders having led well be considered-worthy of double[a] honor, especially[b] the ones laboring in word[c] and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says “You shall not muzzle a threshing ox” [Deut 25:4], and “The worker is worthy of his wages” [Lk 10:7]. 19 Do not be accepting an accusation against an elder unless on the basis of two or three witnesses.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 Or, two-fold, twice-as-much.
  2. 1 Timothy 5:17 That is, in contrast to elders excelling in other forms of leadership.
  3. 1 Timothy 5:17 That is, the Word; or, speech.

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