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

  • 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.
  • Irene123
    To Joshua for v. 23 - you are committing the sin of Rev. 22:18-19. The Bible does NOT sanction drunkenness. There are some people who cannot even tolerate their 1st alcoholic drink. Your statement can cause some to take on problems they weren't aware of. "Set a watch before my mouth and a door on my lips."
    That's in Pro. somewhere.
  • Tim
    Timothy, praying for you now brother.
  • 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!
  • Timothy for verse 8
    I am almost homeless have a family and feel I will end up in hell because I cannot provide for my family.i also have a great amount of debt to,leave my wife.I wish I could die.

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