“Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”
King James Version (KJV)
5:19 Against an elder - Or presbyter. Do not even receive an accusation, unless by two or three witnesses - By the Mosaic law, a private person might be cited (though not condemned) on the testimony of one witness; but St. Paul forbids an elder to be even cited on such evidence, his reputation being of more importance than that of others.
1Ti 5:19 Against an elder receive not an accusation. Accusations against bishops might be brought before Timothy. But before two or three witnesses. They were not to be considered unless supported by two or three witnesses. The same rule is found in De 19:15.