1Do not rebuke a Zaken, but treat him as a father, and the younger men as your brothers; 2and the elder women treat as mothers, and the younger as your sisters, with all purity. 3Honor widows who are widows indeed. 4And if any of the widows have children or grandchildren, let them know that aid should be first sought from those of their own household, so that the children have the opportunity to repay their obligations to their parents; for this is acceptable before Elohim. 5Now she who is indeed a widow and destitute trusts in Elohim, and is constant in prayers and supplications both night and day. 6But she who lives wholly for pleasure is dead while she lives. 7Continually charge them with these things, so that they may be blameless. 8But, if any man does not provide for his own, and especially for those who are of his own household who are of HaEmunah, he has denied HaEmunah and is worse than an unbeliever. 9When you select a worthy widow to help, select therefore one who is not less than sixty years, who has been the wife of one man only, 10and is well spoken of for good works, if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the feet of the K’doshim, if she has comforted the distressed, if she has been diligent in every good work. 11But refuse the younger widows; for when they have begun to wax wanton against Mashi’akh, they will marry. 12Their judgment awaits them because they have been untrue to their first Emunah. 13And with it all, they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only to be idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 14I would, therefore, that the younger widows marry, bear children, manage their own households, and give no occasion to the adversary for reproach. 15For, as conditions are now, some have already strayed after HaSatan. 16If any believers, either man or woman, have widows in their families, let them feed them, and do not let them be a burden on the congregation, so that there may be enough for those who are widows indeed.
17Let the Z’kenim who serve well be esteemed worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in HaDavar and doctrine. 18For the scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox that threshes.” And again, “The laborer is worthy of his hire.” 19Do not accept an accusation against a Zaken unless it is supported by the testimony of two or three witnesses. 20Those who sin, rebuke in the presence of all men, that others also may fear. 21I adjure you before Elohim, and Adoneinu Yeshua HaMashi’akh, and His elect Malakhim, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality. 22Do not perform smikha hastily on any man, neither be a partaker of other men’s sins; keep yourself pure. 23Do not drink water in excess, but use a little wine for your stomach’s sake, and because of your frequent illnesses. 24There are men whose sins are well known and the notoriety of them precedes them to Beit HaDin, and there are others, the notoriety of whose sins follows after them; 25likewise also the fame of the good works of some is well known beforehand; and if their acts are otherwise, they cannot be hidden either.
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