New Defender's Study Bible Notes
5:17 double honor. Some of the elders may be responsible as general overseers (or bishops); some may be pastors (or teachers, feeding the flock); some may do both. In any case, those who render this service faithfully and effectively deserve “double honor,” which presumably means (in light of the next verse) double remuneration. They may not need or request it, following Paul’s regular example, but they are deserving of it. It is the responsibility of the congregation (presumably as represented by the deacons) to be sensitive to this situation.