“Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”
1 Timothy 5:5–8
When Timothy was the pastor of the church at Ephesus, there were no government programs to care for the needy like we have in our society today. An elderly or ill person who was no longer able to work had to rely on someone else, usually a family member, for help or they would be reduced to begging. Paul’s instruction for the church regarding the care of widows was that each family care for their own to avoid burdening the church. This would leave only those with no family for the church to provide and care for.
That same principle ap