1 TIMOTHY 5:17



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“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

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1 Timothy 5:17 Translation & Meaning

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Let be counted ἀξιούσθωσαν To deem entitled or fit Let counted
the Οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
elders πρεσβύτεροι Older; as noun, a senior; specially, an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian "presbyter" elders
that rule προεστῶτες To stand before, i.e., (in rank) to preside, or (by implication) to practise rule
well καλῶς Well (usually morally) well
worthy ἀξιούσθωσαν To deem entitled or fit worthy
of double διπλῆς Two-fold double
honour, τιμῆς A value, i.e., money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy, esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself honour
especially μάλιστα (adverbially) most (in the greatest degree) or particularly especially
they who labour κοπιῶντες To feel fatigue; by implication, to work hard labour
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
the word λόγῳ Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) word
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
doctrine. διδασκαλίᾳ Instruction (the function or the information) doctrine

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  • 15  For some are already turned aside after Satan.

  • 16  If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

  • 17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

  • 18  For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

  • 19  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.


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