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  • Wednesday, February 3
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    On the testimony of two or three witnesses every matter may be established.​— Matt. 18:16 .

    Before the elders take judicial action, why are at least two witnesses required? This requirement is part of the Bible’s high standard of justice. When there is no confession of wrongdoing, two witnesses are required to establish the accusation and authorize the elders to take judicial action. (Deut. 19:15; 1 Tim. 5:19 ) If the individual denies the accusation, the elders consider the testimony of witnesses. If at least two people​—the one making the accusation and someone else—​can confirm the charge, a judicial committee is formed. The absence of a second witness does not mean that the one making the accusation is untruthful. Even if a charge of wrongdoing cannot be established by two witnesses, the elders recognize that a serious sin may have been committed. The elders provide ongoing support to any individuals who may have been hurt and remain alert to protect the congregation from potential danger.​— Acts 20:28 . w19.05 11 ¶15-16

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