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1 Timothy 5:2

    1 Timothy 5:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To the older women as to mothers, to the younger as to sisters, with a clean heart.

    Webster's Revision

    the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

    World English Bible

    the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

    Definitions for 1 Timothy 5:2

    Elder - Older; greater in age.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:2

    The elder women as mothers - Treating them with the respect due to their age.

    The younger as sisters - Feel for every member of the Church, old and young, male and female; consider them as fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters; treat them all with gentleness; and labor to keep them in, not to expel them from, the Church.

    With all purity - Εν πασῃ ἁγνειᾳ· With all chastity. See the note on 1 Timothy 4:12.

    There are some who seem to take a barbarous pleasure in expelling members from, the Church. They should be continued in as long as possible; while they are in the Church - under its ordinances and discipline, there is some hope that their errors may be corrected; but when once driven out again into the world, that hope must necessarily become extinct. As judgment is God's strange work, so excommunication should be the strange, the last, and the most reluctantly performed work of every Christian minister.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Timothy 5:2

    The elder women as mothers - Showing still the same respect for age, and for the proprieties of life. No son who had proper feelings would rebuke his own mother with severity. Let the minister of religion evince the same feelings if he is called to address a "mother in Israel" who has erred.

    The younger as sisters - With the feelings which you have toward a sister. The tender love which one has for a beloved sister would always keep him from using harsh and severe language. The same mildness, gentleness, and affection should be used toward a sister in the church.

    With all purity - Nothing could be more characteristic of Paul's manner than this injunction; nothing could show a deeper acquaintance with human nature. He knew the danger which would beset a youthful minister of the gospel when it was his duty to admonish and entreat a youthful female; he knew, too, the scandal to which he might be exposed if, in the performance of the necessary duties of his office, there should be the slightest departure from purity and propriety. He was therefore to guard his heart with more than common vigilance in such circumstances, and was to indulge in no word, or look, or action, which could by any possibility be construed as manifesting an improper state of feeling. On nothing else do the fair character and usefulness of a youthful minister more depend, than on the observance of this precept. Nowhere else does he more need the grace of the Lord Jesus, and the exercise of prudence, and the manifestation of incorruptible integrity, than in the performance of this duty. A youthful minister who fails here, can never recover the perfect purity of an unsullied reputation, and never in subsequent life be wholly free from suspicion; compare notes, Matthew 5:28.