1 Timothy 5:19
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English Standard Version
Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

King James Bible
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

American Standard Version
Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at the mouth of two or three witnesses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Against a priest receive not an accusation, but under two or three witnesses.

English Revised Version
Against an elder receive not an accusation, except at the mouth of two or three witnesses.

Webster's Bible Translation
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Weymouth New Testament
Never entertain an accusation against an Elder except on the evidence of two of three witnesses.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Receive not an accusation (κατηγορίαν μὴ παραδέχου)

Neither word in Paul. For accusation see on John 5:45. It means a formal accusation before a tribunal. The compound verb παρὰ emphasizes the giver or transmitter of the thing received: to receive from another.

But (ἐκτὸς εἰ μὴ)

Except. A pleonastic formula, except in case. The formula in 1 Corinthians 14:5; 1 Corinthians 15:9.

Before (ἐπὶ)

Or on the authority of. On condition that two witnesses testify. The O.T. law on this point in Deuteronomy 19:15. Comp. Matthew 18:16; John 8:17; 2 Corinthians 13:1.

1 Timothy 5:19 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

receive.

John 18:29 Pilate then went out to them, and said, What accusation bring you against this man?

Acts 24:2-13 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him, saying, Seeing that by you we enjoy great quietness...

Acts 25:16 To whom I answered, It is not the manner of the Romans to deliver any man to die...

Titus 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.

before. or, under. two.

Deuteronomy 17:6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death...

Deuteronomy 19:15,18,19 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sins: at the mouth of two witnesses...

Matthew 18:16 But if he will not hear you, then take with you one or two more...

John 8:17 It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true.

2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

Hebrews 10:28 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Cross References
Deuteronomy 17:6
On the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses the one who is to die shall be put to death; a person shall not be put to death on the evidence of one witness.

Deuteronomy 19:15
"A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.

Matthew 18:16
But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.

Acts 11:30
And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

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

1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.

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