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

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

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

  • 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.
  • David Petrush for verse 8
    Reply to Kristyn Evans: Kristyn, I don 't know if what i am writing here is still relevant to your situation, for the fact that your comment was written in 2013 and now it is 2015. But still I will write. Remember what THE LORD says concerning marriage, "So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore GOD has joined together, let no man split apart. " So you and your husband are now one single flesh. Let us compare that to a single unmarried person. An unmarried person is one flesh with themselves, therefore if they have a problem they cannot simply divorce it, but they must work it out, sacrifice, and and do whatever good thing needs to be done to fix it in their single body. Therefore compared to a married couple, their singular emotions and perspectives, and thoughts are no longer preserved to their singular mind and heart only, but also to their spouse 's for they are now one flesh . Then the same as the single unmarried person worked out the problem in their single body, the married must in one body and mind, through GOD, work out whatever problem they are having. Not cast it aside in divorcement, save for the cause of fornication.

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