Parallel Verses

An Understandable Version

Do not be in a hurry to lay hands on anyone [i.e., to appoint them to office. See 4:14], and do not participate in the sins of other people. [Note: If Timothy failed to carefully determine the qualifications of a prospective elder before appointing him, it would make him partially responsible for any wrongdoing by that elder]. Keep yourself pure [i.e., of involvement in anyone's sins].

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 Version

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

Holman 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.

A Conservative Version

Lay hands hastily on no man, nor contribute to other sins. Keep thyself pure.

American Standard Version

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

Amplified

Do not hurry to lay hands on anyone [ordaining and approving someone for ministry or an office in the church, or in reinstating expelled offenders], and thereby share in the sins of others; keep yourself free from sin.

Anderson New Testament

Lay hands hastily on no man, nor be partaker of other men's sins: keep yourself pure.

Bible in Basic English

Do not put hands on any man without thought, and have no part in other men's sins: keep yourself clean.

Common New Testament

Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others; keep yourself pure.

Daniel Mace New Testament

Don't be hasty to ordain any man: and be not accessory to the faults of others: preserve your own integrity.

Darby Translation

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

Godbey New Testament

Lay hands quickly on no one, and be not partaker of other men's sins.

Goodspeed New Testament

Never ordain anyone hastily; do not make yourself responsible for the sins of others; keep your life pure.

John Wesley New Testament

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither partake of other mens sins; keep thyself pure.

Julia Smith Translation

Put hands swiftly upon none, nor participate in others' sins: keep thyself pure.

King James 2000

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

Lexham Expanded Bible

Lay hands on no one hastily, and do not participate in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Modern King James verseion

Do not lay hands quickly on anyone, neither be partaker of the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

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

Moffatt New Testament

Never be in a hurry to ordain a presbyter; do not make yourself responsible for the sins of another man ??keep your own life pure.

Montgomery New Testament

Never ordain any one hastily, nor take part in the wrong-doing 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.

Noyes New Testament

Lay hands hastily on no one, neither share in other mens sins. Keep thyself pure.

Sawyer New Testament

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither partake of others' sins. Keep yourself pure.

The Emphasized Bible

Hands, suddenly, upon no one, lay, neither have fellowship with sins of strangers: thyself, keep, chaste: -

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Lay hands hastily on no man, nor share another's sins: keep thyself pure;

Twentieth Century New Testament

Never ordain any one hastily, and take no part in the wrong-doing of others. Keep your life pure.

Webster

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.

Williams New Testament

Make it a rule not to ordain anyone in haste, and not to be responsible for 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.

Worrell New Testament

Lay hands hastily on no one, neither be partaker of other men's sins. Keep yourself pure.

Worsley New Testament

Lay hands on no man precipitately, and be not hereby a partaker in the sins of others. Keep thyself pure.

Youngs Literal Translation

Be laying hands quickly on no one, nor be having fellowship with sins of others; be keeping thyself pure;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
Lay
ἐπιτίθημι 
Epitithemi 
lay on, lay, put, lay upon, put on, put upon, set, not tr,
Usage: 34

χείρ 
Cheir 
hand, not tr
Usage: 149

ταχέως 
Tacheos 
Usage: 8

on
ἐπιτίθημι 
Epitithemi 
lay on, lay, put, lay upon, put on, put upon, set, not tr,
Usage: 34

no man
μηδείς μηδεμία μηδέν 
medeis 
no man, nothing, no, none, not, anything,
Usage: 79

μηδέ 
mede 
neither, nor, not, nor yet, not once, no not, not so much as
Usage: 31

be partaker of
κοινωνέω 
Koinoneo 
Usage: 8

ἀλλότριος 
Allotrios 
Usage: 10

ἁμαρτία 
Hamartia 
Usage: 143

τηρέω 
Tereo 
Usage: 49

σεαυτοῦ σεαυτῷ σεαυτόν σαυτοῦ σαυτῷ σα
Seautou 
Usage: 31

Context Readings

Honoring Worthy Elders And Dealing With Sinners

21 I solemnly urge you, in the presence of God, and Christ Jesus and the elect [i.e, chosen] angels, that you obey these instructions without showing prejudice [toward anyone], or doing anything out of partiality. 22 Do not be in a hurry to lay hands on anyone [i.e., to appoint them to office. See 4:14], and do not participate in the sins of other people. [Note: If Timothy failed to carefully determine the qualifications of a prospective elder before appointing him, it would make him partially responsible for any wrongdoing by that elder]. Keep yourself pure [i.e., of involvement in anyone's sins]. 23 Do not continue drinking water only, but use a little wine [i.e., for its medicinal value] for your stomach and for your frequent [other] ailments.


Cross References

Ephesians 5:11

Do not have fellowship with [people who practice] worthless deeds of darkness [i.e., sinful living], but expose them instead.

1 Timothy 3:10

And these [prospective deacons] should also first be tested, [and] then they should [be appointed to] serve [as deacons] if they are found to be above reproach.

Acts 6:6

[Then] they presented these men to the apostles, who prayed for them while placing their hands on them [to signify their appointment].

1 Timothy 3:6

[He must] not be a new convert or else he could become conceited [i.e., over being in a leadership position] and fall into the [same] condemnation incurred by the devil.

1 Timothy 4:14

Do not neglect [using] the gift [i.e., of serving as an evangelist. See II Tim. 4:5], which was given to you in response to a prophetic message [or, prediction], along with the laying on of the elders' hands [i.e., signifying your appointment].

2 John 1:11

For the person who greets him [with approval] participates in his evil deeds [i.e., in his false teaching].

2 John 1:11

For the person who greets him [with approval] participates in his evil deeds [i.e., in his false teaching].

Acts 13:3

Then, as these prophets and teachers fasted and prayed [for the two men], they placed their hands on them [signifying their appointment for this ministry] and sent them away.

Acts 18:6

When the Jews resisted [Paul's efforts] and spoke against him and his message, he shook out his clothing [i.e., an expression of rejection and contempt] and said to them "Let your blood be on your own heads [i.e., you are responsible for whatever harm comes from your action]; I am not responsible. From now on I will go [and preach] to the Gentiles [only]."

Acts 20:26

Therefore, I [must] declare to you today that I am not responsible for what happens to any of you.

1 Timothy 4:12

Do not allow anyone to look down on you because you are [so] young, but you should be an example to those who believe [in Christ] in your speech, in your conduct, in your love, in your faith [and] in your purity.

2 Timothy 1:6

The reason I am reminding you [of these things] is so that you will rekindle the gift from God, which is in your life through the laying on my hands. [Note: This "gift" was probably his ordination to serve as an evangelist (See 4:1-5), and in addition, may have included a supernatural "spiritual gift" bestowed by the apostle Paul].

2 Timothy 2:2

And the things that you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, you should pass on to trustworthy men who will be able to teach other people also.

Titus 1:5-9

The reason I left you in Crete [Note: This was an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the southern coast of Greece] was so you could set in order the things that were lacking and appoint elders in every city [i.e., where there was a church], as I directed you.

Hebrews 6:2

and of teaching about immersions [Note: The use of the plural word here suggests teaching on the distinctions between Jewish washings and John's and Christian immersion, whether in water or the Holy Spirit. See Acts 19:1-7], and about placing hands on people [Note: This act was practiced in the appointment of church leaders, in healing sick people and to impart supernatural gifts], and about people being raised from the dead and about never ending judgment.

Revelation 18:4

Then I heard another voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, my people, so that you do not share in her sins, and so that you do not receive her plagues [i.e., judgments].

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