1 Timothy 5:22

“Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 1 Timothy 5:22

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither bee partaker of other mens sinnes. Keepe thy selfe pure.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Do not lay hands upon anyone {too} hastily and thereby share {responsibility for} the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Do not put hands on any man without thought, and have no part in other men's sins: keep yourself clean.
- Basic English Bible

Lay hands quickly on no man, nor partake in others' sins. Keep thyself pure.
- Darby Bible

Impose hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
- Webster's Bible

Do not ordain any one hastily; and do not be a partaker in the sins of others; keep *yourself* pure.
- Weymouth Bible

Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.
- World English Bible

Put thou hondis to no man, nether anoon comyne thou with othere mennus synnes. Kepe thi silf chast.
- Wycliffe Bible

Be laying hands quickly on no one, nor be having fellowship with sins of others; be keeping thyself pure;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible Commentary for 1 Timothy 5:22

Wesley's Notes for 1 Timothy 5:22

5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man - That is, appoint no man to church offices without full trial and examination; else thou wilt be accessary to, and accountable for, his misbehaviour in his office. Keep thy self pure - From the blood of all men.

People's Bible Notes for 1 Timothy 5:22

1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man. The meaning is that no man must be ordained to office until his fitness is surely known. ``All the old commentators, and the great majority of modern ones, applies this to ordination.'' Neither be partaker of other men's sins. He who appoints an unfit man to office becomes in a certain sense responsible for that man's sins. Keep thyself pure. Free from the sins of other men.

Discussion for 1 Timothy 5:22

  • Denise on 1 Timothy 5:22
    In my church, there is a couple that are living together, meaning , not married, and the pastor is aware of it, but lets them lay hands pray for different needs on brothers sister I don 't beleive that is right acording to the word of GOD.what do you think I should, go to the pastor with 2. Witnesses. Thank you for a prompt answer.
  • Alicia on 1 Timothy 5:22
    i meant touch isnt needed to have spiritual interaction. not unless your led to by his spirit. we should not fear laying of hands.
  • Alicia on 1 Timothy 5:22
    a friend of mine thinks it has to do with the transference of unclean spirits but i dont think touch is needed to have such a spirit interact with you. when the bleeding woman touched Jesus garment healing power came out of him and she was made whole. HE was not made impure as the law of the old. Sin is a sickness and we are told to lay hands on the sick but we should be considerate of people and their personal space and try to build eachother up in the Word and helpn eachother Not to sin. By His righteousness, we are healed. Not by our own so lets let his fruit operate in us.
  • Ercell on 1 Timothy 5:22
    This verse means that one shouldn't lay hands on
    a man for public ministry to quickly without a thorough
    investigation. He needs to be suitable and qualified for
    the office of an overseer/pastor/elder. Nor share in other
    people's sins: this means the sin of hasty ordination which
    makes those responsible culpable for the man's sin of serving
    as an unqualified elder and thus misleading people.Keep yourself pure: this means" free from sin"
  • Nathan Tritch on 1 Timothy 5:22
    Pray for wisdom and understanding! God has a plan, I believe when its time for an individual to understand His Weird, it is done in Gods time. Thanks and Praise to our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ! I don't understand the verse completely. I thought at first glance it meant not to try lay hand on anyone to harm them physically. Later, it felt like it was to warn against laying hands on someone and healing through the power of Christ, or forgiving a persons sins. We are sinful by nature and unclean. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the Truth is not in us. But, if we comes our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness(1 John). Paraphrased, however I'm still learning everyday and rely on God for daily guidance in everything. God Bless!
  • Lisann on 1 Timothy 5:22
    Clarity is so needed, and I agree with it. I have a sister-in-Christ that has the gift of healing, and is selective of being used. She always refers to 1 Timothy 5:22 when its something she doesn't want to do, and has "no" true understanding of the Word of God. She truly needs a relationship with the Holy Spirit!
  • Joel on 1 Timothy 5:22
    the accusiation idea is true
  • Gerald on 1 Timothy 5:22
    I agree with Dan in that this scripture speeks in reference to accusations made against another and we should not be hasty in involving ourselves for fear of being part of another mans prejudice,and therefore another mans sin. This is my interpretation of 1 Tim. 5:22. I also beleave that we as Christians should apply this teaching not only with church members but with all people.
  • I think all the commentaries are wrong in with this interpretation. I believe that "lay hands suddenly on no man" refers to the context of scripture starting with v.19 "Against an elder - Or presbyter. Do not even receive an accusation..." I believe the Apostle is saying to lay your hands on someone as to punish because of some accusation, and your prejudice against anyone (an elder or presbyter especially). We must be absolutely sure of the truth before we make a decision to punish someone in the church.


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