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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
View Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:22
5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man - That is, appoint no man to church offices without full trial and examination; else thou wilt be accessary to, and accountable for, his misbehaviour in his office. Keep thy self pure - From the blood of all men.
View People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:22
1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man. The meaning is that no man must be ordained to office until his fitness is surely known. ``All the old commentators, and the great majority of modern ones, applies this to ordination.'' Neither be partaker of other men's sins. He who appoints an unfit man to office becomes in a certain sense responsible for that man's sins. Keep thyself pure. Free from the sins of other men.
lisann's comment on 2012-11-20 10:57:47:
Clarity is so needed, and I agree with it. I have a sister-in-Christ that has the gift of healing, and is selective of being used. She always refers to 1 Timothy 5:22 when itís something she doesn't want to do, and has "no" true understanding of the Word of God. She truly needs a relationship with the Holy Spirit!
joel's comment on 2012-07-02 20:36:04:
the accusiation idea is true
Gerald's comment on 2011-05-04 01:19:21:
I agree with Dan in that this scripture speeks in reference to accusations made against another and we should not be hasty in involving ourselves for fear of being part of another mans prejudice,and therefore another mans sin. This is my interpretation of 1 Tim. 5:22. I also beleave that we as Christians should apply this teaching not only with church members but with all people.
Dan's comment on 2011-05-01 09:24:47:
I think all the commentaries are wrong in with this interpretation. I believe that "lay hands suddenly on no man" refers to the context of scripture starting with v.19 "Against an elder - Or presbyter. Do not even receive an accusation..." I believe the Apostle is saying to lay your hands on someone as to punish because of some accusation, and your prejudice against anyone (an elder or presbyter especially). We must be absolutely sure of the truth before we make a decision to punish someone in the church.
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