1 Timothy 5:1

Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers;
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
An ancient man. Here the word presbyter is not taken as in other places, for a bishop or priest, but for an elderly man, who is otherwise to be dealt with than young men. (Witham) We cannot sufficiently admire the tenderness and prudence of all this saint's counsels. Reproof, under any circumstances, is always sufficiently painful, without being accompanied by harsh and unfeeling words and manners. Age, though not exempt from fault, should always be treated with tenderness and respect. ...

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Seniori, presbutero. Ver. 21. Sine præjudicio, choris prokrimatos.

Gregory The Dialogist

AD 604
The preacher of almighty God, Paul the apostle, says, “Do not rebuke an older man.” This rule is to be observed in cases where the fault of an older man does not draw the hearts of the younger into ruin through his example. But when an elder sets an example to the young for their ruin, he is to be confronted with severe rebuke. For of him it is written, “You are all a snare to the young.” ...

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Is he now speaking of the order? I think not, but of any elderly man. What then if he should need correction? Do not rebuke him, but address him as you would a father offending.

John Chrysostom

AD 407
Admonition in its own nature tends to be offensive, particularly when it is addressed to an older man, and when it proceeds from a young man, too, there is an intensified impression of forwardness. By the manner and mildness of it, therefore, one had best soften it. For it is possible to correct without offense, if one will only make a point of this: it requires great discretion, but it may be done. ...

Leo of Rome

AD 461
Among our negligent and sluggish brothers there is generally something requiring correction by a sterner show of authority. But the correction should be applied so as not to destroy charity. Hence, also, the blessed apostle Paul, instructing Timothy in the government of the church, says, “Do not rebuke an elderly man, but exhort him as you would a father, and young men as brothers, elderly women as mothers, younger women as sisters in all chastity.” If, by the apostle’s direction, this moderation is to be shown to any members of lesser rank, how much more should it be displayed without offense toward our brothers and fellow bishops? Letters ...

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. - 2 Peter 1:20

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