1 Thessalonians 4:7
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New International Version
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.

New Living Translation
God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.

English Standard Version
For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

Berean Study Bible
For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness.

Berean Literal Bible
For God has not called us to impurity, but into holiness.

New American Standard Bible
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

King James Bible
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For God has not called us to impurity but to sanctification.

International Standard Version
For God did not call us to be impure, but to be holy.

NET Bible
For God did not call us to impurity but in holiness.

New Heart English Bible
For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For God has not called you to impurity but to holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God didn't call us to be sexually immoral but to be holy.

New American Standard 1977
For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.

King James 2000 Bible
For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

American King James Version
For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

American Standard Version
For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.

Darby Bible Translation
For God has not called us to uncleanness, but in sanctification.

English Revised Version
For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

Webster's Bible Translation
For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

Weymouth New Testament
God has not called us to an unclean life, but to one of purity.

World English Bible
For God called us not for uncleanness, but in sanctification.

Young's Literal Translation
for God did not call us on uncleanness, but in sanctification;
Study Bible
Living to Please 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. 7For God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness. 8Anyone, then, who rejects this command does not reject man but God, the very One who gives you His Holy Spirit.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 2:3
For our appeal does not arise from deceit or ulterior motives or trickery.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth.

1 Peter 1:15
But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do,
Treasury of Scripture

For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.

God.

Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God: you shall therefore sanctify yourselves, …

Leviticus 19:2 Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say …

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace …

Romans 8:29,30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed …

1 Corinthians 1:2 To the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified …

Ephesians 1:4 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the …

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, …

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall …

1 Peter 1:14-16 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the …

1 Peter 2:9-12,21,22 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

uncleanness.

1 Thessalonians 2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

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

Ephesians 4:19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, …

2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, …

(7) For God.--This gives the reason for stating that the Lord will take vengeance on such sins; because they are not part of the terms on which His Father called us. It should be "did not call." These 1Thessalonians 4:7-8, sum up the little disquisition, returning to the principle announced in 1Thessalonians 4:3.

Unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.--The preposition translated "unto" has the same force in Galatians 5:13, "Called unto liberty," and Ephesians 2:10, "Created unto good works." It implies not so much the definite end to which we are invited, as the terms on which the invitation will still stand; for the call is not yet accomplished. (See Note on 1Thessalonians 2:12.) The second "unto" in the Greek is simply "in," used in the same sense as in 1Thessalonians 4:4. Paraphrase, "For God did not call us on the understanding that we might be unclean, but by the way of sanctification."

Holiness is a mistranslation for sanctification. The process, not the quality, is meant.

Verse 7. - For God hath not called us unto; or, for the purpose cf. Uncleanness; moral uncleanness in general (comp. 1 Corinthians 6:15). But unto; or, in; in a state of Holiness; or sanctification; the same word as in the third verse; so that holiness is the whole sphere of cur Christian life. For God hath not called us,.... The Syriac version reads "you". This is another reason to enforce the above exhortations, and to caution them against the above unclean practices, taken from the end of the effectual calling by the efficacious grace of God, which is not

unto uncleanness of any sort, as before specified. This they had lived in before their calling, and were now called from it into communion with Christ, who loves righteousness, and hates iniquity; and by the Gospel, which teaches to deny ungodliness, and worldly lusts, and to forsake all impurity, both of flesh and spirit:

but this call is

unto holiness of life and conversation in general, and to chastity in thought, look, word, and actions in particular; for God that calls is holy, and therefore those who are called ought to be so; the calling with which they are called is an holy calling, principles of grace and holiness are wrought in their souls, when they are called; and the end of their calling is to live soberly, righteously, and godly; and then, and then only, do they walk worthy of that calling wherewith they are called, and of God who has, by his grace, called them to his kingdom and glory. 7. unto uncleanness—Greek, "for the purpose of."

unto—rather as Greek, "in"; marking that "holiness" is the element in which our calling has place; in a sphere of holiness. Saint is another name for Christian.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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