1 TIMOTHY 5:22



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

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1 Timothy 5:22 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Lay ἐπιτίθει To impose (in a friendly or hostile sense) Lay
hands Χεῖρας The hand (literally or figuratively (power); especially (by Hebraism) a means or instrument) hands
suddenly ταχέως Briefly, i.e., (in time) speedily, or (in manner) rapidly suddenly
on ἐπιτίθει To impose (in a friendly or hostile sense) on
no man, μηδενὶ Not even one (man, woman, thing) no man
neither μηδὲ But not, not even; in a continued negation, nor neither
be partaker of κοινώνει To share with others (objectively or subjectively) partaker
other men's ἀλλοτρίαις· Another's, i.e., not one's own; by extension foreign, not akin, hostile other mens
sins: ἁμαρτίαις A sin (properly abstract) sins
keep τήρει To guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e., to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried) keep
thyself σεαυτὸν Of (with, to) thyself thyself
pure. ἁγνὸν Properly, clean, i.e., (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect pure

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  • 20  Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

  • 21  I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

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

  • 23  Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

  • 24  Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.


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