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1 Timoteo 5

Cómo tratar a viudas, ancianos y esclavos

1No reprendas con dureza al anciano, sino aconséjalo como si fuera tu padre. Trata a los jóvenes como a hermanos; a las ancianas, como a madres; a las jóvenes, como a hermanas, con toda pureza.

Reconoce debidamente a las viudas que de veras están desamparadas. Pero, si una viuda tiene hijos o nietos, que estos aprendan primero a cumplir sus obligaciones con su propia familia y correspondan así a sus padres y abuelos, porque eso agrada a Dios. La viuda desamparada, como ha quedado sola, pone su esperanza en Dios y persevera noche y día en sus oraciones y súplicas. En cambio, la viuda que se entrega al placer ya está muerta en vida. Encárgales estas cosas para que sean intachables. El que no provee para los suyos, y sobre todo para los de su propia casa, ha negado la fe y es peor que un incrédulo.

En la lista de las viudas debe figurar únicamente la que tenga más de sesenta años, que haya sido fiel a su esposo,[a] 10 y que sea reconocida por sus buenas obras, tales como criar hijos, practicar la hospitalidad, lavar los pies de los creyentes, ayudar a los que sufren y aprovechar toda oportunidad para hacer el bien.

11 No incluyas en esa lista a las viudas más jóvenes, porque cuando sus pasiones las alejan de Cristo, les da por casarse. 12 Así resultan culpables de faltar a su primer compromiso. 13 Además se acostumbran a estar ociosas y andar de casa en casa. Y no solo se vuelven holgazanas, sino también chismosas y entrometidas, hablando de lo que no deben. 14 Por eso exhorto a las viudas jóvenes a que se casen y tengan hijos, y a que lleven bien su hogar y no den lugar a las críticas del enemigo. 15 Y es que algunas ya se han descarriado para seguir a Satanás.

16 Si alguna creyente tiene viudas en su familia, debe ayudarlas para que no sean una carga a la iglesia; así la iglesia podrá atender a las viudas desamparadas.

17 Los ancianos que dirigen bien los asuntos de la iglesia son dignos de doble honor,[b] especialmente los que dedican sus esfuerzos a la predicación y a la enseñanza. 18 Pues la Escritura dice: «No le pongas bozal al buey mientras esté trillando»,[c] y «El trabajador merece que se le pague su salario».[d] 19 No admitas ninguna acusación contra un anciano, a no ser que esté respaldada por dos o tres testigos. 20 A los que pecan, repréndelos en público para que sirva de escarmiento.

21 Te insto delante de Dios, de Cristo Jesús y de los santos ángeles a que sigas estas instrucciones sin dejarte llevar de prejuicios ni favoritismos.

22 No te apresures a imponerle las manos a nadie, no sea que te hagas cómplice de pecados ajenos. Consérvate puro.

23 No sigas bebiendo solo agua; toma también un poco de vino a causa de tu mal de estómago y tus frecuentes enfermedades.

24 Los pecados de algunos son evidentes aun antes de ser investigados, mientras que los pecados de otros se descubren después. 25 De igual manera son evidentes las buenas obras y, aunque estén ocultas, tarde o temprano se manifestarán.[e]

Notas al pie

  1. 5:9 que haya sido fiel a su esposo. Alt. que no haya tenido más de un esposo.
  2. 5:17 honor. Alt. honorario.
  3. 5:18 Dt 25:4
  4. 5:18 Lc 10:7
  5. 5:25 y, aunque … se manifestarán. Alt. y, si son malas, no podrán quedar ocultas.

New Living Translation

1 Timothy 5

Advice about Widows, Elders, and Slaves

1Never speak harshly to an older man,[a] but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters.

Take care of[b] any widow who has no one else to care for her. But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God.

Now a true widow, a woman who is truly alone in this world, has placed her hope in God. She prays night and day, asking God for his help. But the widow who lives only for pleasure is spiritually dead even while she lives. Give these instructions to the church so that no one will be open to criticism.

But those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.

A widow who is put on the list for support must be a woman who is at least sixty years old and was faithful to her husband.[c] 10 She must be well respected by everyone because of the good she has done. Has she brought up her children well? Has she been kind to strangers and served other believers humbly?[d] Has she helped those who are in trouble? Has she always been ready to do good?

11 The younger widows should not be on the list, because their physical desires will overpower their devotion to Christ and they will want to remarry. 12 Then they would be guilty of breaking their previous pledge. 13 And if they are on the list, they will learn to be lazy and will spend their time gossiping from house to house, meddling in other people’s business and talking about things they shouldn’t. 14 So I advise these younger widows to marry again, have children, and take care of their own homes. Then the enemy will not be able to say anything against them. 15 For I am afraid that some of them have already gone astray and now follow Satan.

16 If a woman who is a believer has relatives who are widows, she must take care of them and not put the responsibility on the church. Then the church can care for the widows who are truly alone.

17 Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well,[e] especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!”[f]

19 Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses. 20 Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others.

21 I solemnly command you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus and the highest angels to obey these instructions without taking sides or showing favoritism to anyone.

22 Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader.[g] Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

23 Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often.

24 Remember, the sins of some people are obvious, leading them to certain judgment. But there are others whose sins will not be revealed until later. 25 In the same way, the good deeds of some people are obvious. And the good deeds done in secret will someday come to light.

Notas al pie

  1. 5:1 Or an elder.
  2. 5:3 Or Honor.
  3. 5:9 Greek was the wife of one husband.
  4. 5:10 Greek and washed the feet of God’s holy people?
  5. 5:17 Greek should be worthy of double honor.
  6. 5:18 Deut 25:4; Luke 10:7.
  7. 5:22 Greek about the laying on of hands.