19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

Other Translations of 1 Timothy 5:19

King James Version

19 Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before before: or, under two or three witnesses.

English Standard Version

19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses.

The Message

19 Don't listen to a complaint against a leader that isn't backed up by two or three responsible witnesses.

New King James Version

19 Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses.

New Living Translation

19 Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:19

Commentary on 1 Timothy 5:17-25

(Read 1 Timothy 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.