1 Thessalonians 5:14
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New International Version
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

New Living Translation
Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

English Standard Version
And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

New American Standard Bible
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

King James Bible
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

International Standard Version
We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.

NET Bible
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the undisciplined, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient toward all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we beg of you, my brethren, correct wrongdoers, encourage the feeble souls, bear the burdens of the weak and be patient with every person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We encourage you, brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not living right, cheer up those who are discouraged, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We also exhort you, brethren, that you warn those that are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with everyone.

King James 2000 Bible
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are idle, encourage the faint-hearted, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

American King James Version
Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

American Standard Version
And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.

Darby Bible Translation
But we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, comfort the faint-hearted, sustain the weak, be patient towards all.

English Revised Version
And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are disorderly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.

Weymouth New Testament
And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the unruly, comfort the timid, sustain the weak, and be patient towards all.

World English Bible
We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.

Young's Literal Translation
and we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the infirm, be patient unto all;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:12-15 The ministers of the gospel are described by the work of their office, which is to serve and honour the Lord. It is their duty not only to give good counsel, but also to warn the flock of dangers, and reprove for whatever may be amiss. The people should honour and love their ministers, because their business is the welfare of men's souls. And the people should be at peace among themselves, doing all they can to guard against any differences. But love of peace must not make us wink at sin. The fearful and sorrowful spirits, should be encouraged, and a kind word may do much good. We must bear and forbear. We must be long-suffering, and keep down anger, and this to all men. Whatever man do to us, we must do good to others.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Now we exhort you, brethren; an exhortation also addressed to all. Warn them that are unruly; or, as in the margin, disorderly (R.V.). Different modes of treatment have to be adapted to different classes; the unruly have to be warned. The word here rendered "unruly" or "disorderly" was originally a military term expressing the character of those soldiers who would not keep their ranks - out of the ranks. It would seem from this and other intimations that disorders existed among the Thessalonians; and that, especially being impressed by a belief in the near approach of the advent, several of them neglected the common duties of life, and abstained from working. Comfort the feebleminded. By "the feeble-minded" are meant the desponding or faint-hearted; those who were agitated about the fate of their deceased friends, or those who despaired of the grace of God by reason of their sins. These were not to be reprimanded, but comforted and exhorted. Support the weak. By "the weak" are not meant those who are physically weak - the sick; but those who are spiritually weak, whose faith was feeble - those who were afraid of persecution, or were troubled with vain scruples. These were to be supported - confirmed in the faith, be patient toward all men; all men in general, whether believers or unbelievers; toward them patience and forbearance were to be exercised.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now we exhort you, brethren,.... This is said either to the ministers of the word that laboured among them, presided over them, and admonished them; and the rather, because some of these things here directed to are pressed upon the members of the church in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 and which otherwise must make a repetition here; or to the members in conjunction with their pastors:

warn them that are unruly; or disorderly, idle persons, working not at all, busying themselves with other men's matters, and living upon the church's stock, reprove them for their sloth, exhort them to work with their own hands, to do their own business, and with quietness eat their own bread; or such who keep not their places in the church, but are like soldiers that go out of their rank, desert their companies, and fly from their colours, or stand aside, rebuke these, and exhort them to fill up their places, to abide by the church, and the ordinances of Christ; or such who are contentious and quarrelsome, turbulent, headstrong, and unruly, that cause and foment animosities and divisions, check them, admonish them, lay them under censure, for such a custom and practice is not to be allowed of in the churches of Christ.

Comfort the feebleminded: such as are not able to bear the loss of near and dear relations; are ready to stagger under the cross, and at the reproaches and persecutions of the world; and are almost overset with the temptations of Satan; and are borne down and discouraged with the corruptions of their hearts, speak a comfortable word to them, encourage them with the doctrines of grace, and the promises of the Gospel.

Support the weak; who are weak in faith and knowledge, strengthen them, hold them up; or as the Syriac version renders it, "take the burden of the weak" and carry it, bear their infirmities, as directed in Romans 15:1,

be patient towards all men; towards the unruly, the feebleminded, and the weak as well as to believers; give place to wrath, and leave vengeance to him to whom it belongs; exercise longsuffering and forbearance with fellow creatures and fellow Christians.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. brethren—This exhortation to "warm (Greek, 'admonish,' as in 1Th 5:12) the unruly (those 'disorderly' persons, 2Th 3:6, 11, who would not work, and yet expected to be maintained, literally, said of soldiers who will not remain in their ranks, compare 1Th 4:11; also those insubordinate as to Church discipline, in relation to those 'over' the Church, 1Th 5:12), comfort the feeble-minded (the faint-hearted, who are ready to sink 'without hope' in afflictions, 1Th 4:13, and temptations)," applies to all clergy and laity alike, though primarily the duty of the clergy (who are meant in 1Th 5:12)."

support—literally, "lay fast hold on so as to support."

the weak—spiritually. Paul practiced what he preached (1Co 9:22).

be patient toward all men—There is no believer who needs not the exercise of patience "toward" him; there is none to whom a believer ought not to show it; many show it more to strangers than to their own families, more to the great than to the humble; but we ought to show it "toward all men" [Bengel]. Compare "the long-suffering of our Lord" (2Co 10:1; 2Pe 3:15).

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christian Living
13and that you esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. 14We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.…
Cross References
Isaiah 35:4
say to those with fearful hearts, "Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you."

Romans 14:1
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters.

Romans 15:1
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.

1 Corinthians 8:7
But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.

1 Corinthians 13:4
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

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

2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

2 Thessalonians 3:7
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,

2 Thessalonians 3:15
Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.
Treasury of Scripture

Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

exhort. or, beseech.

Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you …

you. See on ver.

1 Thessalonians 5:12 And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, …

warn.

Jeremiah 6:12 And their houses shall be turned to others, with their fields and …

Ezekiel 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made you a watchman to the house of Israel: therefore …

Ezekiel 33:3-9 If when he sees the sword come on the land, he blow the trumpet, …

Acts 20:27,31 For I have not shunned to declare to you all the counsel of God…

1 Corinthians 4:14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

that.

Titus 1:6,10 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children …

unruly. or, disorderly.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-13 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, …

comfort.

1 Thessalonians 2:7-12 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children…

Isaiah 35:3,4 Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees…

Isaiah 40:1,2,11 Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God…

Ezekiel 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven …

Matthew 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not …

Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for you, that your faith fail not: and when you …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.

Romans 15:1-3 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, …

Galatians 6:1,2 Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, …

Hebrews 12:12 Why lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

support.

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support …

be.

Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence …

1 Corinthians 13:4,5 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Ephesians 4:2,32 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Colossians 3:12,13 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

1 Timothy 3:3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, …

1 Timothy 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, …

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Hebrews 5:2,3 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out …

Hebrews 13:3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which …

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