1 Timothy 5:11-16

11 But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,

12 having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith.

13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

14 Therefore I desire that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage the house, give no opportunity to the adversary to speak reproachfully.

15 For some have already turned aside after Satan.

16 If any believing man or woman has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who are really widows.

refuse (v.11) = have nothing to do with, shun (as in 1 Timothy 4:7)

grow wanton (v.11) = feel the impulse of sexual desire — which draws their attention from serving Christ

marry (v.11) = desire to marry based on emotions

condemnation (v.12) = judgment, reproach — not punishment

cast off (v.12) = act toward something as though it were annulled

faith (v.12) — this probably refers to a commitment widows were asked to make to serve the church in return for their support

idle (v.13) — because they don’t have to provide for their own support

gossips (v.13) = garrulous, babblers, making idle accusations, uttering nonsense

busybodies (v.13) = taken up with trifles — meddling in other people’s affairs

I desire (v.14) = a desire which comes from reason, not from emotions

opportunity (v.14) = the Greek word means “a starting point, a base of operations” in military terms

adversary (v.14) — those looking for reasons to attack or criticize the church and Christianity

speak reproachfully (v.14) = abuse, revile

turned aside after Satan (v.15) — may refer to widows who were remarried to unbelievers

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