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17 Give double honor to spiritual leaders[a] who handle their duties well. This is especially true if they work hard at teaching God’s word. 18 After all, Scripture says, “Never muzzle an ox when it is threshing[b] grain,” and “The worker deserves his pay.”

19 Don’t pay attention to an accusation against a spiritual leader unless it is supported by two or three witnesses.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Timothy 5:17 Or “pastors,” or “elders.”
  2. 1 Timothy 5:18 Threshing is the process of beating stalks to separate them from the grain.

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