1 Timothy 5:22
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.

Berean Study Bible
Do not be too quick in the laying on of hands and thereby share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Berean Literal Bible
Lay hands on no one hastily, nor share 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
Don't be too quick to accept people into the service of the Lord by placing your hands on them. Don't sin because others do, but stay close to God.

Good News Translation
Be in no hurry to lay hands on people to dedicate them to the Lord's service. Take no part in the sins of others; keep yourself 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.

New Heart English Bible
Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be a participant in other men's sins. 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.

New American Standard 1977
Do not lay hands upon anyone too hastily and thus share responsibility for the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

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;
Study Bible
A Charge to Timothy
21I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to maintain these principles without bias, and to do nothing out of partiality. 22Do not be too quick in the laying on of hands and thereby share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. 23Stop drinking only water and use a little wine instead, because of your stomach and your frequent ailments.…
Cross References
Psalm 50:18
When you see a thief, you befriend him, and throw in your lot with adulterers.

Ephesians 5:11
Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 Timothy 3:2
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

1 Timothy 3:10
Additionally, they must first be tested. Then, if they are above reproach, let them serve as deacons.

1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given you through the prophecy spoken over you at the laying on of the hands of the elders.

2 John 1:11
Whoever greets such a person shares in his evil deeds.

Treasury of Scripture

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 thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

Acts 6:6
Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.

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

suddenly.

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

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

2 Timothy 2:2
And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.

neither.

Ephesians 5:11
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

2 John 1:11
For he that biddeth 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 people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

keep.

1 Timothy 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Acts 18:6
And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

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







Lexicon
Do not be too quick
ταχέως (tacheōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5030: Soon, quickly, hastily. Adverb from tachus; briefly, i.e. speedily, or rapidly.

in the laying on
ἐπιτίθει (epitithei)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2007: To put, place upon, lay on; I add, give in addition. From epi and tithemi; to impose.

of hands
Χεῖρας (Cheiras)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5495: A hand.

[and thereby]
μηδὲ (mēde)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3366: And not, not even, neither?nor. From me and de; but not, not even; in a continued negation, nor.

share
κοινώνει (koinōnei)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2841: From koinonos; to share with others.

in [the] sins
ἁμαρτίαις (hamartiais)
Noun - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 266: From hamartano; a sin.

of others.
ἀλλοτρίαις (allotriais)
Adjective - Dative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 245: From allos; another's, i.e. Not one's own; by extension foreign, not akin, hostile.

Keep
τήρει (tērei)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 5083: From teros; to guard, i.e. To note; by implication, to detain; by extension, to withhold; by extension, to withhold.

yourself
σεαυτὸν (seauton)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative Masculine 2nd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4572: Of yourself.

pure.
ἁγνὸν (hagnon)
Adjective - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 53: From the same as hagios; properly, clean, i.e. innocent, modest, perfect.
(22) Lay hands suddenly on no man.--This command refers primarily to the solemn laying on of hands at the ordination of presbyters and deacons. It no doubt also includes the "laying on of hands" customary, apparently, even in the Apostolic age, on the absolution of penitents and their re-admission to church fellowship.

Neither be partaker of other men's sins.--By thus negligently admitting into the ministry unfit persons--by carelessly and without due caution readmitting persons to a church fellowship, which by their evil life they had forfeited--Timothy would incur a grave responsibility, would in fact "be a partaker" in the sins and errors committed by those men, some of whom he had carelessly placed in important positions in the church, others of whom he had restored to communion before they had given sufficient evidence of their repentance. To limit, however, the reference of the command of St. Paul here to the laying on of hands in the ordination of presbyters and deacons, would imply a greater corruption in the church at that early date than is credible. Surely the number of "unfit" persons seeking the high and holy, but difficult and dangerous, posts of officers in a proscribed and hated community, would hardly by themselves have warranted such grave warning words as "Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins."

Keep thyself pure.--The word "pure" here has a broad and inclusive signification. It, of course, denotes the urgent necessity of one holding Timothy's high and responsible office being pure and chaste in word and deed and thought; but here it also presses on the chief presbyter of Ephesus the imperative necessity of keeping himself, by ceaseless watchfulness, pure from all reproach in the matter of selecting candidates for the ministry, or in the restoring of the lapsed sinners to church fellowship.

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." 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.
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