1 Timothy 5:22

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither bee partaker of other mens sinnes. Keepe thy selfe pure.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not lay hands upon anyone {too} hastily and thereby share {responsibility for} the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not put hands on any man without thought, and have no part in other men's sins: keep yourself clean.
- Basic English Bible

Lay hands quickly on no man, nor partake in others' sins. Keep thyself pure.
- Darby Bible

Impose hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
- Webster's Bible

Do not ordain any one hastily; and do not be a partaker in the sins of others; keep *yourself* pure.
- Weymouth Bible

Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.
- World English Bible

Put thou hondis to no man, nether anoon comyne thou with othere mennus synnes. Kepe thi silf chast.
- Wycliffe Bible

Be laying hands quickly on no one, nor be having fellowship with sins of others; be keeping thyself pure;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

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.

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.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5

  • Ahuwa Chiamaka Jessica
    We should always show love to people without partiality
  • Wine does not mean juice. It means fermented juice. With alcohol in it. So the Bible commands you to drink. Deal with it.
  • M
    lay hands suddenly on no man, sometimes people have evil spirits that can get on a person,i believe that you really do have to be a person that is prayed up before laying your hands on a person to pray for them, what I mean by that is that you should be a person that is always fasting and praying,acknowledge GOD in all of your ways and HE will direct your path.
  • DANIEL ADEYINKA for verse 23
    Apostle Paul was talking directly to Timothy his spiritual son on spiritual things, about rounding up he quickly digressed less he forget to mention... A presumed solution to his frequent ill health to help him remain healthy.
  • Reinarudo Watanabe
    1 TIMOTHY 5:23 COMMENTS 5 24 2015 12:35 AM Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach 's sake and thine often infirmities. Apostle Paul advised Timothy to drink little wine for his illness not in pleasure but to cure. God bless through by the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour, A-men.
  • I think it has to do with both choosing people for godly positions and also for the transference of unclean spirits. You can truly suffer the consequences of laying hands on the poor for instance if you do not have sufficient anointing to overcome a very vicious poverty demon operating in someone who has been homeless for decades. I am talking about a practical example hear because I minister to a lot of homeless and after a while my finances were all shot up, till I had someone else cast out the poverty spirit from me.

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