“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:17 Let the elders that rule well - Who approve themselves faithful stewards of all that is committed to their charge. Be counted worthy of double honour - A more abundant provision, seeing that such will employ it all to the glory of God. As it was the most laborious and disinterested men who were put into these offices, so whatever any one had to bestow, in his life or death, was generally lodged in their hands for the poor. By this means the churchmen became very rich in after ages, but as the design of the donors was something else, there is the highest reason why it should be disposed of according to their pious intent. Especially those - Of them. Who labour - Diligently and painfully. In the word and teaching - In teaching the word.
1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well. The officials called "bishops" previously are here called elders. See PNT "1Ti 3:1". Be counted worthy of double honour. Held in especial esteem, and not only treated with respect, but maintained. Especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. The class we call preachers, or pastors. That support is referred to is shown by 1Ti 5:18.