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 5:9

  • Timothy Wayne George for verse 9
    We are prayerful for you Ms. Debra, and want to let you know the Lord will provide for you. Paul is admonishing Timothy how the Church was not to take into care widows under 60yrs. old. while having been married to one husband. Rather it is proper to marry again, if the Lord so moves. If the widow does not have children or grandchildren, then the Church should assist. True religion is to visit widows, and orphans in their time of affliction, and keep from being worldly. May the Lord bless you richly.
  • Debra Caldwell for verse 9
    I am a widow at age 52. I don't understand 1 Timothy 5: 1-16. Please explain to me. My husband would always explain to me any part of the bible I did not understand. I miss him so much, it's very painful but, I just pray and that helps a lot.

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