1 Timothy 5:1

“Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Rebuke not an Elder, but intreate him as a father, and the yonger men as brethren:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but {rather} appeal to {him} as a father, {to} the younger men as brothers,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Rebuke not an elder, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brethren:
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not say sharp words to one who has authority in the church, but let your talk be as to a father, and to the younger men as to brothers:
- Basic English Bible

Rebuke not an elder sharply, but exhort [him] as a father, younger [men] as brethren,
- Darby Bible

Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren;
- Webster's Bible

Never administer a sharp reprimand to a man older than yourself; but entreat him as if he were your father, and the younger men as brothers;
- Weymouth Bible

Don't rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father; the younger men as brothers;
- World English Bible

An aged person thou mayest not rebuke, but be entreating as a father; younger persons as brethren;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:1


5:1 Rebuke not - Considering your own youth, with such a severity as would otherwise be proper.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:1


1Ti 5:1,2 The Widows of the Church SUMMARY OF I TIMOTHY 5: Rules for Reproving. Honoring Widows. How They Should Be Supported. Who Are to Be Taken into the Number of Widows. The Younger Widows. The Presbyters. A Charge Concerning Timothy's Death. Rebuke not an elder. An aged man. Treat him with deference due to age. It is evident from the four classes named together, the aged women, and the young women, that the reference in the word "elder" is not to office, but to age.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5:1

  • Luisa Visa for verse 1
    Its telling us to talk straight up to the man like your father and to the youth like your relative
  • This scripture is saying that when we may have to admonish and older man, we should do so with respect and treat him as we would a father. It is not usually easy to give counsel or receive it, but the way that it is given can make a big difference.
  • Only the lord should be called father

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