2 the elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, in all purity.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:2

Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:1-2

(Read 1 Timothy 5:1-2)

Respect must be paid to the dignity of years and place. The younger, if faulty, must be rebuked, not as desirous to find fault with them, but as willing to make the best of them. There is need of much meekness and care in reproving those who deserve reproof.