1 Timothy 5:21

“I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I charge thee before God, and the Lord Iesus Christ, and the elect Angels, that thou obserue these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partialitie.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of {His} chosen angels, to maintain these {principles} without bias, doing nothing in a {spirit of} partiality.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I charge `thee' in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I give you orders before God and Christ Jesus and the angels of God's selection, to keep these orders without giving thought to one side more than another.
- Basic English Bible

I testify before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou keep these things without prejudice, doing nothing by favour.
- Darby Bible

I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
- Webster's Bible

I solemnly call upon you, in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels, to carry out these instructions of mine without prejudice, and to do nothing from partiality.
- Weymouth Bible

I command you in the sight of God, and Christ Jesus, and the chosen angels, that you observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.
- World English Bible

Y preie bifor God, and Jhesu Crist, and hise chosun aungelis, that thou kepe these thingis with oute preiudice, and do no thing in bowynge `in to the othere side.
- Wycliffe Bible

I testify fully, before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the choice messengers, that these things thou mayest keep, without forejudging, doing nothing by partiality.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:21


5:21 I charge thee before God - Referring to the last judgment, in which we shall stand before God and Christ, with his elect, that is, holy, angels, who are the witnesses of our conversation. The apostle looks through his own labours, and even through time itself, and seems to stand as one already in eternity. That thou observe these things without prejudging - Passing no sentence till the cause is fully heard. Or partiality - For or against any one.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:21


1Ti 5:21 I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ. The solemnity of this charge shows that Paul had a fear that Timothy's sympathies might lead him aside from a strictly judicial course. And the elect angels. Why "elect" we do not certainly know. They may be the good angels as distinct from the bad angels, or those who were chosen to assist in the work of human redemption may be meant. Angels are often mentioned in this connection. Observe these things. Carry out this discipline without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Without respect to persons.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5:21

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