1 Timothy 5:17

“Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Let the Elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The elders who rule well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who work hard at preaching and teaching.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let rulers whose rule is good be honoured twice over, specially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
- Basic English Bible

Let the elders who take the lead [among the saints] well be esteemed worthy of double honour, specially those labouring in word and teaching;
- Darby Bible

Let the elders that rule well, be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine.
- Webster's Bible

Let the Elders who perform their duties wisely and well be held worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in preaching and teaching.
- Weymouth Bible

Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and in teaching.
- World English Bible

The prestis that ben wel gouernoures, be thei had worthi to double onour; moost thei that trauelen in word and teching.
- Wycliffe Bible

The well-leading elders of double honour let them be counted worthy, especially those labouring in word and teaching,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:17


5:17 Let the elders that rule well - Who approve themselves faithful stewards of all that is committed to their charge. Be counted worthy of double honour - A more abundant provision, seeing that such will employ it all to the glory of God. As it was the most laborious and disinterested men who were put into these offices, so whatever any one had to bestow, in his life or death, was generally lodged in their hands for the poor. By this means the churchmen became very rich in after ages, but as the design of the donors was something else, there is the highest reason why it should be disposed of according to their pious intent. Especially those - Of them. Who labour - Diligently and painfully. In the word and teaching - In teaching the word.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:17


1Ti 5:17 Let the elders that rule well. The officials called "bishops" previously are here called elders. See PNT "1Ti 3:1". Be counted worthy of double honour. Held in especial esteem, and not only treated with respect, but maintained. Especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. The class we call preachers, or pastors. That support is referred to is shown by 1Ti 5:18.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5

  • Ray321
    1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. The Word of God is Jesus and there for the Holy Spirit will guide us in truth for speaking the Word. We must not stop the Word.
  • Irene123
    V. 21 - " ..... and the elect angels .....; this is a reference to the pastors of the churches; just as 2 Jn.1 refers to the (worldwide) church - the 'Bride' Of Christ; just as Rev.1:20 refers to the pastors of the 7 churches. I've run across some that think the elect lady and her children is an actual woman. It is indeed easy to believe 1 Jn.1 is to an individual, but Isa. 1:18 says to reason ...
  • Brianna
    Vs. 1-2

    A functioning congregation is like a family. The young ones can look to the older ones as mother, fathers, perhaps even grandparents. In many churches there is a perversion, viewing each other as sex objects. We need to view each other with purity. Any romantic feelings that may exist in the congregation should be between two mature Christians with pure intentions.
  • John
    Dear Timothy. I am truly sorry to hear about your misfortune. I pray that you are able to gather yourself together and stay strong in faith to our Lord Christ. May God bless you!
  • Bill Duckworth for verse 23
    We must not be a drunkard. That 's bible. But God, in His infinite wisdom , peppers his Holy Word with health recommendations. Here, He does also.
  • David Petrush for verse 8
    Reply to Kristyn Evans: Kristyn, I don 't know if what i am writing here is still relevant to your situation, for the fact that your comment was written in 2013 and now it is 2015. But still I will write. Remember what THE LORD says concerning marriage, "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore GOD has joined together, let no man split apart. " So you and your husband are now one single flesh. Let us compare that to a single unmarried person. An unmarried person is one flesh with themselves, therefore if they have a problem they cannot simply divorce it, but they must work it out, sacrifice, and and do whatever good thing needs to be done to fix it in their single body. Therefore compared to a married couple, their singular emotions and perspectives, and thoughts are no longer preserved to their singular mind and heart only, but also to their spouse 's for they are now one flesh . Then the same as the single unmarried person worked out the problem in their single body, the married must in one body and mind, through GOD, work out whatever problem they are having. Not cast it aside in divorcement, save for the cause of fornication.

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