1 Thessalonians 4:5
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New International Version
not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God;

New Living Translation
not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways.

English Standard Version
not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Berean Study Bible
not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Berean Literal Bible
not in the passion of lust, as also the Gentiles, not knowing God;

New American Standard Bible
not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

King James Bible
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don't know God.

International Standard Version
not with passion and lust like the gentiles who do not know God.

NET Bible
not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God.

New Heart English Bible
not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who do not know God;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And not in the passion of lust, as others of the Gentiles who do not know God;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
not in the passionate, lustful way of people who don't know God.

New American Standard 1977
not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;

Jubilee Bible 2000
not with affection of lust, as the Gentiles who do not know God,

King James 2000 Bible
Not in the lust of passion, even as the Gentiles who know not God:

American King James Version
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

American Standard Version
not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles that know not God:

Darby Bible Translation
(not in passionate desire, even as the nations who know not God,)

English Revised Version
not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles which know not God;

Webster's Bible Translation
Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles who know not God:

Weymouth New Testament
that you be not overmastered by lustful cravings, like the Gentiles who have no knowledge of God;

World English Bible
not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don't know God;

Young's Literal Translation
not in the affection of desire, as also the nations that were not knowing God,
Study Bible
Living to Please God
4each of you must know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5not in lustful passion like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6and no one should ever exploit or take advantage of his brother in this regard, because the Lord will avenge all such acts, as we have already told you and solemnly warned you.…
Cross References
Psalm 79:6
Pour out Your wrath upon the nations which do not know You, And upon the kingdoms which do not call upon Your name.

Jeremiah 10:25
Pour out Your wrath on the nations that do not know You And on the families that do not call Your name; For they have devoured Jacob; They have devoured him and consumed him And have laid waste his habitation.

Romans 1:26
For this reason God gave them over to dishonorable passions. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.

Galatians 4:8
Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods.

Ephesians 2:12
remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
Treasury of Scripture

Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

in the.

Romans 1:24,26 Why God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their …

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

as the.

Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly …

Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and …

Ephesians 4:17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

1 Peter 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have worked the will …

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Acts 17:23,30,31 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with …

Romans 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God …

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God…

1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge …

Galatians 4:8 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …

Ephesians 2:12 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the …

2 Thessalonians 1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that …

(5) Not in the lust of concupiscence, for such a method of using one's faculties, such an attempt to acquire mastery of vital powers, is really to abandon them altogether to others. This notion is involved in the very word here translated "lust," which is more often rendered "passion," and implies something which befalls a man, something done to him: "Not in the helpless passivity of concupiscence" or uncontrolled desire.

The Gentiles which know not God.--Mind the punctuation. The readers of the letter were "Gentiles which knew God." Their brother Thessalonians. are held up to them as melancholy examples of men who are trying in the wrong way to show their power over themselves. Remark that this is not one of the crimes which he alleges against Jews.

Verse 5. - Not in the lust of concupiscence - not in the passion of lust (R.V.) - even as the Gentiles which know not God; and therefore from whom nothing better was to be expected. The moral sense of the heathen was so perverted, and their natures so corrupt, that they looked upon fornication as a thing indifferent. Not in the lust of concupiscence,.... Or "passion of lust"; for the mere gratifying and indulging of that; for a man so to possess his vessel, is to cherish the sin of concupiscence, the first motions of sin in the heart, by which a man is drawn away, and enticed; to blow up the flame of lust, and to make provision for the flesh to fulfil the lusts thereof:

even as the Gentiles which know not God; for, though they knew him, or might know him with a natural knowledge, by the light and works of nature, yet they knew him not savingly and spiritually, as he is revealed in the word, of which they were destitute; or as the God of all grace, and the God and Father of Christ, or as he is in Christ: and though by the light of nature they might know there was a God, yet they knew not who that God was; nor did they act up to that light and knowledge they had; they did not glorify him as God, by ascribing to him what was his due; nor were they thankful for the mercies they received from him; nor did they fear, love, worship, and serve him; nor did they like to retain him in their knowledge, and therefore were given up to judicial blindness and hardness, to a reprobate mind, and to vile affections, and so did things very inconvenient, unnatural, and dishonourable. Wherefore, for a man to use either his wife or his body in any unchaste and dishonourable manner, for the gratifying of his lusts, is to act an Heathenish part; a like argument, dissuading from things unlawful, is used in Matthew 6:32. 5. in the lust—Greek, "passion"; which implies that such a one is unconsciously the passive slave of lust.

which know not God—and so know no better. Ignorance of true religion is the parent of unchastity (Eph 4:18, 19). A people's morals are like the objects of their worship (De 7:26; Ps 115:8; Ro 1:23, 24).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.
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