1 Timothy 5:19

“Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Against an Elder receiue not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at `the mouth of' two or three witnesses.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not take as true any statement made against one in authority, but only if two or three give witness to it.
- Basic English Bible

Against an elder receive not an accusation unless where there are two or three witnesses.
- Darby Bible

Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
- Webster's Bible

Never entertain an accusation against an Elder except on the evidence of two of three witnesses.
- Weymouth Bible

Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses.
- World English Bible

Nyle thou resseyue accusyng ayens a preest, but vndur tweyne or thre witnessis.
- Wycliffe Bible

Against an elder an accusation receive not, except upon two or three witnesses.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:19


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.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:19


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.

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.
  • Steve morrow
    1 TIMOTHY 5:20 THEM THAT SIN REBUKE BEFORE ALL THAT OTHERS ALSO MAY FEAR JEREMIAH 6:15 WERE THEY ASHAMED WHEN THEY HAD COMMITTED ABOMINATION NO THEY WERE NOT AT ALL ASHAMED NEITHER COULD THEY BLUSH THEREFORE THEY SHALL FALL AMONG THEM THAT FALL AT THE TIME THAT I VISIT THEM THEY SHALL BE CAST DOWN SAITH THE LORD
  • 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.

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