1 Timothy 5:20
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New International Version
But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning.

New Living Translation
Those who sin should be reprimanded in front of the whole church; this will serve as a strong warning to others.

English Standard Version
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear.

New American Standard Bible
Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.

King James Bible
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid.

International Standard Version
As for those who keep on sinning, rebuke them in front of everyone so that the rest will also be afraid.

NET Bible
Those guilty of sin must be rebuked before all, as a warning to the rest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who sin, rebuke before everyone, so that the rest of the people may fear.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Reprimand those leaders who sin. Do it in front of everyone so that the other leaders will also be afraid.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that persist in sin rebuke before all, that the others may also fear.

King James 2000 Bible
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

American King James Version
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

American Standard Version
Them that sin reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Them that sin reprove before all: that the rest also may have fear.

Darby Bible Translation
Those that sin convict before all, that the rest also may have fear.

English Revised Version
Them that sin reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

Webster's Bible Translation
Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Weymouth New Testament
Those who persist in sin reprove in the presence of all, so that it may also be a warning to the rest.

World English Bible
Those who sin, reprove in the sight of all, that the rest also may be in fear.

Young's Literal Translation
Those sinning, reprove before all, that the others also may have fear;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:17-25 Care must be taken that ministers are maintained. And those who are laborious in this work are worthy of double honour and esteem. It is their just due, as much as the reward of the labourer. The apostle charges Timothy solemnly to guard against partiality. We have great need to watch at all times, that we do not partake of other men's sins. Keep thyself pure, not only from doing the like thyself, but from countenancing it, or any way helping to it in others. The apostle also charges Timothy to take care of his health. As we are not to make our bodies masters, so neither slaves; but to use them so that they may be most helpful to us in the service of God. There are secret, and there are open sins: some men's sins are open before-hand, and going before unto judgment; some they follow after. God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and make known the counsels of all hearts. Looking forward to the judgment-day, let us all attend to our proper offices, whether in higher or lower stations, studying that the name and doctrine of God may never be blasphemed on our account.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 20. - Reprove for rebuke, A.V.; in the sight of for before, A.V.; the rest for others, A.V.; be in fear for fear, A.V. Reprove; ἔλεγχε, not ἐπιπλήξῃς, as in ver. 1 (see Matthew 18:15). There, the fault being a private one, the reproof is to be administered in private. But in the case of the sinning presbyter, which is that here intended, Timothy is to reprove the offender "before all," that others also may fear, and may be deterred by their fear from committing a like offence.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Them that sin rebuke before all,.... This the apostle adds to the above rule, to show that he was far from screening wicked ministers, or elders, guilty of flagitious crimes, and gross enormities: for these words, though they may be applied unto, and may hold good of all offenders, that are members of churches; yet they seem chiefly to regard elders, even such who sin, who continue to sin, who live in sin, in some notorious sin or another; which is evident and known, to the great scandal of religion, and dishonour of the Gospel: and so some read the words, "them that sin before all, rebuke"; not only admonish once and again, but degrade them from their office, and withdraw from them, as from other disorderly persons, and cut them off, and cast them out of the church, and that in a public manner; and so the Arabic version renders it, "before the congregation": which was done only in case of notorious offences: and which rule is observed by the Jews, and runs thus (h);

"a wise man, an elder in wisdom, and so a prince, or the father of the sanhedrim, that sins, they do not excommunicate him (with Niddui) always "publicly", unless he does as Jeroboam the son of Nebat and his companions; but when he sins other sins, they chastise him privately.''

The end is,

that others also may fear; that other elders, or other members of the church, or both, may fear to do the same evil things, lest they incur the same censure and punishment: the Syriac version reads, "other men"; and the Arabic version, "the rest of the people". The phrase seems to be taken out of Deuteronomy 13:11.

(h) Maimon. Talmud Tora, c. 7. sect. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

20. Them that sin—whether presbyters or laymen.

rebuke before all—publicly before the Church (Mt 18:15-17; 1Co 5:9-13; Eph 5:11). Not until this "rebuke" was disregarded was the offender to be excommunicated.

others … fear—that other members of the Church may have a wholesome fear of offending (De 13:11; Ac 5:11).

1 Timothy 5:20 Additional Commentaries
Context
Honoring Elders
19Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful of sinning.
Cross References
2 Corinthians 7:11
See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

Galatians 2:14
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas in front of them all, "You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs?

Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.

Titus 1:13
This saying is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, so that they will be sound in the faith

Titus 2:15
These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.
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1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered to Satan, …

Deuteronomy 13:11 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such …

Deuteronomy 17:13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Deuteronomy 19:20 And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall from now on …

Deuteronomy 21:21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he …

Acts 5:5,11 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: …

Acts 19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; …

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