1 Timothy 5:4

“But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But if any widow haue children or nephewes, let them learne first to shew pietie at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

but if any widow has children or grandchildren, they must first learn to practice piety in regard to their own family and to make some return to their parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But if any widow hath children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to requite their parents: for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But if any widow has children or children's children, let these see that it is right to take care of their family and their fathers and mothers: for this is pleasing in the eyes of God.
- Basic English Bible

but if any widow have children or descendants, let them learn first to be pious as regards their own house, and to render a return on their side to [their] parents; for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
- Darby Bible

But if any widow hath children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.
- Webster's Bible

But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let these learn first to show piety towards their own homes and to prove their gratitude to their parents; for this is well pleasing in the sight of God.
- Weymouth Bible

But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety towards their own family, and to repay their parents, for this is acceptable in the sight of God.
- World English Bible

But if ony widewe hath children of sones, lerne sche first to gouerne her hous, and quyte to fadir and modir; for this thing is acceptid bifor God.
- Wycliffe Bible

and if any widow have children or grandchildren, let them learn first to their own house to show piety, and to give back a recompense to the parents, for this is right and acceptable before God.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:4


5:4 Let these learn to requite their parents - For all their former care, trouble, and expense.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:4


1Ti 5:4 But if any widow hath children or nephews. These must support them, and thus "show piety at home". "Nephews" is better rendered "grandchildren", as in the Revised Version.

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