1 Timothy 5:9

“Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man,”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let not a widow bee taken into the number, vnder threescore yeeres old, hauing bene the wife of one man,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

A widow is to be put on the list only if she is not less than sixty years old, {having been} the wife of one man,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let none be enrolled as a widow under threescore years old, `having been' the wife of one man,
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let no woman be numbered among the widows who is under sixty years old, and only if she has been the wife of one man,
- Basic English Bible

Let a widow be put upon the list, being of not less than sixty years, [having been] wife of one man,
- Darby Bible

Let not a widow be taken into the number under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man.
- Webster's Bible

No widow is to be put on the roll who is under sixty years of age.
- Weymouth Bible

Let no one be enrolled as a widow under sixty years old, having been the wife of one man,
- World English Bible

A widewe be chosun not lesse than sixti yeer, that was wijf of oon hosebonde,
- Wycliffe Bible

A widow -- let her not be enrolled under sixty years of age, having been a wife of one husband,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:9


5:9 Let not a widow be chosen - Into the number of deaconesses, who attended sick women or travelling preachers. Under threescore - Afterwards they were admitted at forty, if they were eminent for holiness. Having been the wife of one husband - That is, having lived in lawful marriage, whether with one or more persons successively.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:9


1Ti 5:9 Let not a widow be taken into the number. Into the order of widows supported by the church and engaged in its work. Under three-score years old. None but the aged. Having been the wife of one man. Not having had more than one husband living at the same time, as was very common in those days of easy divorce.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5

  • Ray321
    1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. The Word of God is Jesus and there for the Holy Spirit will guide us in truth for speaking the Word. We must not stop the Word.
  • Steve morrow
    1 TIMOTHY 5:20 THEM THAT SIN REBUKE BEFORE ALL THAT OTHERS ALSO MAY FEAR JEREMIAH 6:15 WERE THEY ASHAMED WHEN THEY HAD COMMITTED ABOMINATION NO THEY WERE NOT AT ALL ASHAMED NEITHER COULD THEY BLUSH THEREFORE THEY SHALL FALL AMONG THEM THAT FALL AT THE TIME THAT I VISIT THEM THEY SHALL BE CAST DOWN SAITH THE LORD
  • Irene123
    V. 21 - " ..... and the elect angels .....; this is a reference to the pastors of the churches; just as 2 Jn.1 refers to the (worldwide) church - the 'Bride' Of Christ; just as Rev.1:20 refers to the pastors of the 7 churches. I've run across some that think the elect lady and her children is an actual woman. It is indeed easy to believe 1 Jn.1 is to an individual, but Isa. 1:18 says to reason ...
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1-2

    A functioning congregation is like a family. The young ones can look to the older ones as mother, fathers, perhaps even grandparents. In many churches there is a perversion, viewing each other as sex objects. We need to view each other with purity. Any romantic feelings that may exist in the congregation should be between two mature Christians with pure intentions.
  • John
    Dear Timothy. I am truly sorry to hear about your misfortune. I pray that you are able to gather yourself together and stay strong in faith to our Lord Christ. May God bless you!
  • Bill Duckworth for verse 23
    We must not be a drunkard. That 's bible. But God, in His infinite wisdom , peppers his Holy Word with health recommendations. Here, He does also.

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