1 Thessalonians 4:3
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New International Version
It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

New Living Translation
God's will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.

English Standard Version
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;

New American Standard Bible
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality;

King James Bible
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this is God's will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality,

International Standard Version
For it is God's will that you be sanctified: You must abstain from sexual immorality.

NET Bible
For this is God's will: that you become holy, that you keep away from sexual immorality,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For this is the will of God: your holiness, and that you be separate from all fornication,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It is God's will that you keep away from sexual sin as a mark of your devotion to him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the will of God is your sanctification, that ye should separate yourselves from fornication,

King James 2000 Bible
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:

American King James Version
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:

American Standard Version
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from fornication;

Darby Bible Translation
For this is [the] will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication;

English Revised Version
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;

Webster's Bible Translation
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from lewdness.

Weymouth New Testament
For this is God's will--your purity of life, that you abstain from fornication;

World English Bible
For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,

Young's Literal Translation
for this is the will of God -- your sanctification; that ye abstain from the whoredom,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-8 To abide in the faith of the gospel is not enough, we must abound in the work of faith. The rule according to which all ought to walk and act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ. Sanctification, in the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and attention to appointed duties, constituted the will of God respecting them. In aspiring after this renewal of the soul unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites and senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will, which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his family to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to walk before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness, because they hear them from men; but they are God's commands, and to break them is to despise God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - For this is the will of God. The phrase, "the will of God," has two significations in Scripture: the one is the determination of God - his decree; the other is his desire, that in which he delights - a will, however, which may be frustrated by the perversity of his creatures. It is in this latter sense that the word is here employed. Even your sanctification; complete consecration; holiness taken in its most general so. use. Our holiness is the great design of Christ's death, and is the revealed will of God. Some (Olshausen, Lunemann) restrict the term to moral purity, and consider the next clause as its explanation (comp. Romans 12:1). That ye should abstain from fornication; a vice fearfully prevalent among the heathen, and which, indeed, they hardly regarded as wrong. Especially it was the great sin of Corinth, from which the apostle wrote, the patron goddess of which city was Venus.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification,.... Which is another reason to enforce the above exhortation. "Sanctification" is internal or external. Internal sanctification is the work of the Spirit of God, and is a principle of spiritual life in the soul, a divine and spiritual light in the understanding, a flexion of the will to the will of God, and a settlement of the affections on divine things, and is an implantation of every grace in the heart. External sanctification arises from this, and lies in holiness of life and conversation; and is what is chiefly designed, as appears both by what goes before, and follows after: and this is "the will of God"; the will of his purpose and decree; for in the same decree that he wills the salvation of any by Jesus Christ, he also wills their sanctification in heart and life, and here and hereafter: and this is his approving will, or what is well pleasing in his sight, being agreeable to his nature, and divine perfections, particularly his holiness, in which he is glorious; and it is his will of command, and what he requires in his law, which is holy, just, and good, and perfectly agrees with the sound doctrine of the Gospel, and the revelation of his will in both.

That ye should abstain from fornication: which is particularly mentioned, abstinence from it being a branch of external holiness; and because that this sin was common among the Gentiles, and not esteemed a sin by them; as also to observe to these Christians, that as simple fornication was not to be allowed of, much less other acts of uncleanness, as adultery, incest, sodomy, and the like, which were iniquities that greatly prevailed among the Heathens. The Syriac version renders it, "from all fornication"; on this subject the apostle enlarges in some following verses.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. For—enforcing the assertion that his "commandments" were "by (the authority of) the Lord Jesus" (1Th 4:2). Since "this is the will of God," let it be your will also.

fornication—not regarded as a sin at all among the heathen, and so needing the more to be denounced (Ac 15:20).

1 Thessalonians 4:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Live to Please God
2For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,…
Cross References
Matthew 5:32
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

1 Corinthians 6:18
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.

Ephesians 5:17
Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is.

1 Thessalonians 4:2
For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
Treasury of Scripture

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication:

this.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ …

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: your spirit is good; …

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …

Matthew 12:50 For whoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the …

Mark 3:35 For whoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and …

John 4:34 Jesus said to them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, …

John 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

Ephesians 5:17 Why be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 6:6 Not with eye-service, as men pleasers; but as the servants of Christ, …

Colossians 1:9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

Hebrews 10:36 For you have need of patience, that, after you have done the will …

Hebrews 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you …

1 Peter 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to …

1 John 2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does …

your.

1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

John 17:17-19 Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth…

Acts 20:32 And now, brothers, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, …

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and …

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you …

1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made to us wisdom, …

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such were some of you: but you are washed, but you are sanctified, …

Ephesians 5:26,27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word…

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, …

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

that.

Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, …

Acts 15:20,29 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, …

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, …

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in an letter not to company with fornicators…

1 Corinthians 6:9,10,13-18 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

1 Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, …

2 Corinthians 12:21 And lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and …

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Ephesians 5:3-5 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not …

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth; fornication, …

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for …

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled: but fornicators …

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

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