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1Ti 5:3 Honour widows that are widows indeed.

This phrase has always been interesting to me. It suggests that the term "widow" means more than just the wife of a deceased man.

The Strong entry:
chēra
khay’-rah
Feminine of a presumed derivation apparently from the base of G5490 through the idea of deficiency; a widow (as lacking a husband), literally or figuratively: – widow.

So then is it appropriate to say that, perhaps this applies to, single mothers, abandoned women, and perhaps other categories of what the world calls "single"? How does that affect the way we look at scriptures such as:

1Ti 5:11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
1Ti 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
1Ti 5:14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
1Ti 5:15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.

Just casting a net for some thoughts on the subject…

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