New International Version
Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.
King James Bible
Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.
Darby Bible Translation
Against an elder receive not an accusation unless where there are two or three witnesses.
World English Bible
Don't receive an accusation against an elder, except at the word of two or three witnesses.
Young's Literal Translation
Against an elder an accusation receive not, except upon two or three witnesses.
1 Timothy 5:19 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Against an elder - Be very cautious of receiving evil reports against those whose business it is to preach to others, and correct their vices. Do not consider an elder as guilty of any alleged crime, unless it be proved by two or three witnesses. This the law of Moses required in respect to all. Among the Romans, a plebeian might be condemned on the deposition of one credible witness; but it required two to convict a senator. The reason of this difference is evident: those whose business it is to correct others will usually have many enemies; great caution, therefore, should be used in admitting accusations against such persons.
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before. or, under. two.
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On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.
One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.
But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that 'every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.'
This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
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.
1 Timothy 5:17
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.
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