Well Reported Of Part 1

1Timothy 5:9-12 Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints’ feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 

‘Taken into the number under threescore years old.’ Enrolled on the list for relief. These were perhaps deaconesses on the retired list as widows serving in the congregations in various ways for their support.

‘Well reported of for good works.’ From 1Timothy 3 and Titus 3, we have the exact qualifications of what these ‘good works’ refer to and it must always be the standard for all Christians. We can never defer away from them because they were set up by God.

‘Having been the wife of one man.’ Not a polygamist, but having been legally married to one man.

‘Washed the saints’ feet’ – An act of kindness the pious women often showed sandal-wearing visitors and travellers (John 13:1-38).

‘Widows refuse’ – This indicates more than just relief for widows. It implies that those supported by their congregations were to carry out certain duties (perhaps as deaconesses), and were to be old enough to be beyond the temptations of marriage, which would cause the breaking of their vows.

‘Wax wanton’ [Greek: katastreniao] to behave insolently toward. Such is possible even to the point of damnation if they cast off their first faith (5:11-15) and become insolent against Christ.

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