1 Thessalonians 4:6
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New International Version
and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.

New Living Translation
Never harm or cheat a Christian brother in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before.

English Standard Version
that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.

New American Standard Bible
and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

King James Bible
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This means one must not transgress against and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger of all these offenses, as we also previously told and warned you.

International Standard Version
Furthermore, you must never take advantage of or exploit a brother in this regard, because the Lord avenges all these things, just as we already told you and warned you.

NET Bible
In this matter no one should violate the rights of his brother or take advantage of him, because the Lord is the avenger in all these cases, as we also told you earlier and warned you solemnly.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither should you presume to violate and take advantage, anyone, of his brother in this matter, because our Lord is the avenger of all such, just as we have said before and testified to you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
No one should take advantage of or exploit other believers that way. The Lord is the one who punishes people for all these things. We've already told you and warned you about this.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that no one oppress and defraud his brother in any matter because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

King James 2000 Bible
That no man transgress and wrong his brother in any matter: because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

American King James Version
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

American Standard Version
that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter: because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that no man overreach, nor circumvent his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified.

Darby Bible Translation
not overstepping the rights of and wronging his brother in the matter, because the Lord [is] the avenger of all these things, even as we also told you before, and have fully testified.

English Revised Version
that no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter: because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

Webster's Bible Translation
That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

Weymouth New Testament
and that in this matter there be no encroaching on the rights of a brother Christian and no overreaching him. For the Lord is an avenger in all such cases, as we have already taught you and solemnly warned you.

World English Bible
that no one should take advantage of and wrong a brother or sister in this matter; because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.

Young's Literal Translation
that no one go beyond and defraud in the matter his brother, because an avenger is the Lord of all these, as also we spake before to you and testified,
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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 6. - That no man go beyond; or, transgress. And defraud; or, as it is in the margin of our Bibles, oppress, or, overreach; wrong (R.V.). His brother. Not an exhortation against dishonesty, or prohibition against all attempts to overreach in usual mutual intercourse, as the words would at first sight seem to imply, and as some consider it (Hofmann, Lunemann, Riggenbach); but, as is evident from the context, a continuation of the former exhortation, a prohibition against impurity. In any matter; or, more properly, in the matter, namely, that about which I have been discoursing. "An example of the modest reserve and refined delicacy which characterize the holy apostle's language in speaking of things which the Gentiles did without shame, and thus, by a chaste bashfulness of words, commending the duty of unblemished purity in deeds" (Wordsworth). Because the Lord is the Avenger of all such; either of all such as are thus defrauded or of all such sinful practices. As we also have forewarned you and testified.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

That no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in any matter,.... Or "in this matter", as the Syriac version. This is commonly understood of transgressing the bounds of justice and equity between men and men; and of cheating and defrauding in trade and business, by increasing or lessening the value and prices of goods by the buyer and seller, by not keeping to the bargain, contract, covenant, or sample, by false weights and measures, and by taking the advantage of the weakness and ignorance of men; all which is aggravated by dealing thus with a brother; see 1 Corinthians 6:8 and this hint is thought the rather necessary, since Thessalonica was a place of great trade and business. But the matter, or business referred to, is not trade, but the subject of chastity or uncleanness the apostle is speaking of, both before and after; and the phrases used either design the act of adultery, coveting a brother's wife, and lying with her, and so a defrauding and wronging of him by defiling his bed; or rather sodomitical practices, an unnatural lust and desire in men after men, and copulation with them; for rendered, "go beyond", answers to , "to go upon", or "lie with", so often used in Jewish writings for lying with women, men, and beasts, in an unlawful way. Thus, for instance (y),

"these are to be burned, , "he that lies with a woman", and her daughter, &c.''

And again (z),

"these are to be beaten, , "he that lies with" his sister, or his father's sister, &c.''

And the word translated "defraud", signifies a greedy, insatiable, and unnatural lust and desire after a man, a brother, or the committing of sodomitical practices with greediness: see Ephesians 4:19 which abominable iniquities are dissuaded from by the following reasons,

because that the Lord is the avenger of all such; or "with respect to all these things", as the Vulgate Latin and Syriac versions render it; or "for all these things", as the Arabic and Ethiopic versions; as fornication, adultery, lasciviousness, and all sorts of abominable uncleanness. The person that commits these things the Lord avenges, either in this life, by the hand of the civil magistrate, who is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath on him that does evil; or by a violent death, as in the case of Zimri and Cozbi, and twenty four thousand more at the same time; or by some awful judgment from heaven, as in the case of Sodom and Gomorrah; or in the world to come; for the law of God is made and lies against such persons; these living and dying in such sins God will judge, to whom vengeance belongs; these shall not inherit the kingdom of God, but have their part and portion in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone.

As we have also forewarned you and testified; not by a former epistle, as if this was the second to them, and what follows the first, as Grotius thought; but they did this when they were in person with them, knowing that these abominable vices greatly prevailed in their city; therefore they bore their testimony against them, and exposed the evil of them, and warned them of the danger by them, so that they could not now plead ignorance. The Ethiopic version reads in the first person singular, "as I have before said unto you, and testified to you".

(y) Misna Sanhedrim, c. 9. sect. 1.((z) Misna Maccot, c. 3. sect. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. go beyond—transgress the bounds of rectitude in respect to his "brother."

defraud—"overreach" [Alford]; "take advantage of" [Edmunds].

in any matter—rather as Greek, "in the matter"; a decorous expression for the matter now in question; the conjugal honor of his neighbor as a husband, 1Th 4:4; 1Th 4:7 also confirms this view; the word "brother" enhances the enormity of the crime. It is your brother whom you wrong (compare Pr 6:27-33).

the Lord—the coming Judge (2Th 1:7, 8).

avenger—the Righter.

of all such—Greek, "concerning all these things;" in all such cases of wrongs against a neighbor's conjugal honor.

testified—Greek, "constantly testified [Alford].

1 Thessalonians 4:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Live to Please God
5not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.…
Cross References
Leviticus 25:17
Do not take advantage of each other, but fear your God. I am the LORD your God.

Luke 16:28
for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

Romans 12:19
Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

Romans 13:4
For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

1 Corinthians 6:8
Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.

2 Corinthians 7:11
See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter.

1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

Hebrews 2:6
But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him?

Hebrews 13:4
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
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That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

go.

Exodus 20:15,17 You shall not steal…

Leviticus 19:11,13 You shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another…

Deuteronomy 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brothers of the children of …

Deuteronomy 25:13-16 You shall not have in your bag divers weights, a great and a small…

Proverbs 11:1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight.

Proverbs 16:11 A just weight and balance are the LORD's: all the weights of the …

Proverbs 20:14 It is naught, it is naught, said the buyer: but when he is gone his …

Proverbs 20:23 Divers weights are an abomination to the LORD; and a false balance is not good.

Proverbs 28:24 Whoever robs his father or his mother, and said, It is no transgression; …

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and …

Isaiah 59:4-7 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, …

Jeremiah 9:4 Take you heed every one of his neighbor, and trust you not in any …

Ezekiel 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten my hand at your dishonest gain which …

Ezekiel 45:9-14 Thus said the Lord GOD; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel: …

Amos 8:5,6 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and …

Zephaniah 3:5 The just LORD is in the middle thereof; he will not do iniquity: …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

Mark 10:19 You know the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do …

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defraud. or, oppress. or, over-reach.

Leviticus 25:14,17 And if you sell ought to your neighbor, or buy ought of your neighbor's …

1 Samuel 12:3,4 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before …

Proverbs 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Jeremiah 7:6 If you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and …

Micah 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and …

Zephaniah 3:1 Woe to her that is filthy and polluted, to the oppressing city!

James 2:6 But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and …

in any matter. or, in the matter. the Lord

Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in …

Job 31:13,14 If I did despise the cause of my manservant or of my maidservant, …

Psalm 94:1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, …

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and …

Proverbs 22:22,23 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted …

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of …

Isaiah 1:23,24 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness …

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: …

Ephesians 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things …

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

as we.

Luke 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom you shall fear: Fear him, which after …

Galatians 5:21 Contentions, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the …

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

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