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 5:19

  • Have heard several sermons preached from this particular verse,Usually focused on first part of verse. In this day of apostasy the Church needs reminding that there is a ending that with two or three witnesses accusations can and should be used to the purification of the Church.

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