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Is The Man Who Cannot Provide For His Family Really Worse Than An Infidel?

◄ 1 Timothy 5:8 ►
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.
I want your take on the verse. This verse is so common among believers. I want to hear from sisters and brothers. Is it really important.

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This should read 'does not', not 'cannot'.

The verse is referring to a man abandoning his family, which is akin to abandoning his faith and God. It is not referring to a man who is sick or injured and cannot provide for his family.


i think that Bible verse talks about people with capacity to take care of the members of his/her immediate family. when the scripture talks about a man, it connotes man and woman. when a person has the capacity to take care of members of his/her immediate family, and refuses to do so irrespective of the story, it degenerates the persons stance as a believer.

NO; if he cannot, maybe because of injury, job difficulties, bad government, war, epidemics etc.

YES; if he has the means and yet does not. Yes if he is healthy and able to work but rather decides to be lazy and shying away his responsibilities as the head in the family.


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