1 Timothy 5:22
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New International Version
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

New Living Translation
Never be in a hurry about appointing a church leader. Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

English Standard Version
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

New American Standard Bible
Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't be too quick to appoint anyone as an elder, and don't share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

International Standard Version
Do not ordain anyone hastily. Do not participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

NET Bible
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily and so identify with the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Lay hands quickly on no man, and do not share in the sins of strangers; keep yourself in purity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't be in a hurry to place your hands on anyone [to ordain him]. Don't participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself morally pure.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Lay hands suddenly on no one, neither be partaker of the sins of others; keep thyself pure.

King James 2000 Bible
Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

American King James Version
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
Impose not hands lightly upon any man, neither be partaker of other men's sins. Keep thyself chaste.

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

English Revised Version
Lay hands hastily on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

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

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

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

Young's Literal Translation
Be laying hands quickly on no one, nor be having fellowship with sins of others; be keeping thyself pure;
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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 22. - Hastily for suddenly, A.V. Lay hands, etc. Surely if we are guided by St. Paul's own use of the phrase, ἐπίθεσις χειρῶν, in the only two places in his writings where it occurs (1 Timothy 4:14 and 2 Timothy 1:6), we must abide by the ancient interpretation of these words, that they mean the laying on of hands in ordination. So also in Acts 6:6 and Acts 13:3, ἐπιτίθεναι χεῖρας is "to ordain." And the context here requires the same sense. The solemn injunction in the preceding verse, to deal impartially in judging even the most influential eider, naturally suggests the caution not to be hasty in ordaining any one to be an elder. Great care and previous inquiry were necessary before admitting any man, whatever might be his pretensions or position, to a holy office. A bishop who, on the spur of the moment, with improper haste, should ordain cue who afterwards required reproof as ἁμαρτάνων, sinning (ver. 20), would have a partnership in the man's sin, and in the evil consequences that flowed from it. And then it follows, Keep thyself pure; i.e. clear and guiltless (2 Corinthians 7:11), which he would not be if he was involved in the sin of the guilty elder. Observe that the stress is upon "thyself."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lay hands suddenly on no man,.... Which is not to be understood of removing censures from off offenders, upon their repentance, which should not be suddenly and hastily done; and which it seems in later times has been done by imposition of hands; but since no such custom obtained in the apostle's time, and a taking off of censures is never in Scripture signified by this phrase, it cannot be intended here; but rather the admission of persons into the work of the ministry, and the installing of them into the office of an or pastor; upon whom, in these early times, hands were laid by the apostles, whereby gifts were conveyed, as on Timothy; See Gill on 1 Timothy 4:14.

And from this rite this act was so called, as it might be when it was laid aside; just as, with the Jews, an ordination of one of their doctors is called "imposition of hands", though they performed it by words, and not by laying on of hands; which now by them is not judged necessary (l): and then the sense is, do not hastily and at once admit any person into the sacred work of the ministry, or constitute him an elder, or pastor, over a church of Christ; but let him be first proved, and let it plainly appear, that he has the grace of God in him, and has gifts for public service bestowed on him; that he is sound in faith, and of a good life and conversation; and a man of uprightness and fidelity;

neither be partaker of other men's sins; of any of the members of the church; by doing the same, joining with them therein, or by consenting to them and taking pleasure in them, as done by others; by conniving at them, and not restraining them, nor reproving for them: or rather this refers to rash and hasty ordinations of ministers; and either regards the sins of those who lay hands suddenly on men, and with whom the apostle would not have Timothy join, that he might not be a partner in their sins; or else the sins of those that are ordained, and these, whether before or after their ordination; which such involve themselves in, who either rashly and ignorantly ordain such persons; and much more if they do it, knowing them to be such: and these sins may include both immorality and error; see . Keep thyself pure; not from his own sins, the sin of nature, indwelling sin, and actual transgressions; no man is, or can be pure, from either of these; nor can any man keep himself; Christ only is able to keep them from falling. But the apostle's meaning is, that he should keep himself pure from the sins of others, by not rashly and suddenly admitting any into the ministry; just as the apostle was pure from the blood of all men, by faithfully preaching the Gospel; so he suggests that Timothy would be pure from partaking of other men's sins, by observing a strict discipline in the house of God. Some refer this to chastity of body, in opposition to the sin of uncleanness, which his youthful age and the temptations about him might expose him to the danger of; and which is scandalous and infamous in a minister of the word. Which sense serves to show the connection of the following words, which otherwise seem to stand unconnected.

(l) Misn. Sanhedrin, c. 1. sect. 3. & Maimon. & Bartenora in ib. Juthasin, fol. 60. 1. & Maimon. Hilchot Sanhedrin, c. 4. sect. 1, 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

22. Lay hands—that is, ordain (1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 1:6; Tit 1:5). The connection is with 1Ti 5:19. The way to guard against scandals occurring in the case of presbyters is, be cautious as to the character of the candidate before ordaining him; this will apply to other Church officers so ordained, as well as to presbyters. Thus, this clause refers to 1Ti 5:19, as next clause, "neither be partaker of other men's sins," refers to 1Ti 5:20. Ellicott and Wiesinger understand it of receiving back into Church fellowship or absolution, by laying hands on those who had been "rebuked" (1Ti 5:20) and then excommunicated (Mt 18:17); 1Ti 5:20 favors this. But as in 1Ti 4:14, and Ac 6:6; 13:3; 2Ti 1:6, the laying on of hands is used of ordination (compare however as to confirmation, Ac 8:17), it seems better to take it so here.

suddenly—hastily: 1Ti 5:24, 25 show that waiting for a time is salutary.

neither be partaker of other men's sins—by negligence in ordaining ungodly candidates, and so becoming in some degree responsible for their sins. Or, there is the same transition from the elders to all in general who may sin, as in 1Ti 5:19, 20. Be not a partaker in other men's sins by not "rebuking them that sin before all," as well as those that are candidates for the presbytery, as also all "that sin."

keep thyself pure—"thyself' is emphatic. "Keep THYSELF" clear of participation in OTHER men's sin by not failing to rebuke them that sin (1Ti 5:20). Thus the transition is easy to 1Ti 5:23, which is concerning Timothy personally; compare also 1Ti 5:24.

1 Timothy 5:22 Additional Commentaries
Context
A Charge to Timothy
21I 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. 22Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thereby share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin. 23No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.…
Cross References
Psalm 50:18
When you see a thief, you join with him; you throw in your lot with adulterers.

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

1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

1 Timothy 3:10
They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

2 John 1:11
Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
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Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

Lay.

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

Acts 6:6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they …

Acts 13:3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

Hebrews 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection …

suddenly.

1 Timothy 3:6,10 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation …

Joshua 9:14 And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the …

2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard of me among many witnesses, the …

Titus 1:5-9 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order …

neither.

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but …

2 John 1:11 For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my …

keep.

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise your youth; but be you an example of the believers, …

Acts 18:6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, …

Acts 20:26 Why I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.

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