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…widows that are widows indeed

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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Christian motivation…

Just thinking out loud…

For years I have seen this debate and always without fail framed as a defense.

Is there a way to "put the ball in their court"? …and Perhaps put the MOP on the defensive?

Is there a way to lead with the needs of widows and single women, followed by the obligation of the church?
Perhaps then followed by a discussion of the purposes of marriage.

Why do churches not supply for widows?
Why do men not visit widows and orphans in their affliction? (that sounds like a church ministry)
Why do churches not supply husbands and fathers when they could?

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

This is a powerful scripture…no wonder churches shy away from the term "religion".

Anywho, I appologize for the stream of consciousness style, but somethings coming into focus. I was thinking some of you might be able to help me nail it down.

God Bless,

Robert

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