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.
King James Bible
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.
Darby Bible Translation
Lay hands quickly on no man, nor partake in others' sins. Keep thyself 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;
1 Timothy 5:22 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Lay hands suddenly on no man - Do not hastily appoint any person to the sacred ministry: let the person be well proved before he receives the imposition of hands. Some understand this of laying hands on the sick.
Neither be partaker of other men's sins - It is a sin for any improper person to thrust himself into the sacred office; and he partakes of that sin who introduces, helps him forward, or sanctions him in it. O, what an account will rash, undiscerning, and prejudiced bishops, presbyters, and others, have to render to God for their ordinations! Their laying rash or careless hands "on skulls that cannot teach, and will not learn;" while probably they refuse inducting others well qualified for the Christian ministry.
Keep thyself pure - From this and every other evil.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
It is surprising that it should have entered any one's mind to make a Sacrament of Confirmation out of that laying on of hands which Christ applied to little children, and by which the apostles bestowed the Holy Spirit, ordained presbyters, and healed the sick; as the Apostle writes to Timothy: "Lay hands suddenly on no man." (1 Tim. v. 22.) Why not also make a confirmation out of the sacrament of bread, because it is written: "And when he had received meat, he was strengthened" (Acts ix. 19); or …
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