1 Thessalonians 5:15
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New International Version
Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

New Living Translation
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.

English Standard Version
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

New American Standard Bible
See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people.

King James Bible
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

International Standard Version
Make sure that no one pays back evil for evil. Instead, always pursue what is good for each other and for everyone else.

NET Bible
See that no one pays back evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Beware lest anyone of you reward evil for evil, but always run after the good with each and every person.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Make sure that no one ever pays back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to do what is good for each other and everyone else.

Jubilee Bible 2000
See that no one renders evil for evil unto anyone, but always follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men.

King James 2000 Bible
See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

American King James Version
See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

American Standard Version
See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men.

Darby Bible Translation
See that no one render to any evil for evil, but pursue always what is good towards one another and towards all;

English Revised Version
See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but alway follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.

Webster's Bible Translation
See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

Weymouth New Testament
See to it that no one ever repays another with evil for evil; but always seek opportunities of doing good both to one another and to all the world.

World English Bible
See that no one returns evil for evil to anyone, but always follow after that which is good, for one another, and for all.

Young's Literal Translation
see no one evil for evil may render to any one, but always that which is good pursue ye, both to one another and to 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 15. - See that none render evil for evil unto any. The prohibition of revenge is peculiarly Christian, neither corresponding to the spirit of heathenism, nor yet clearly revealed in Judaism. A precisely similar prohibition is given in Romans 12:17, "Recompense to no man evil for evil." But ever follow; pursue after. That which is good; the good, the beneficial. Both among yourselves; your fellow-Christians. And to all men. The human race in general; the one being brotherly kindness and the other charity (2 Peter 1:7).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

See that none render evil for evil unto any man,.... Not an ill word for an ill word, railing for railing, nor an ill action for an ill action; no, not to any man whatever, not to an enemy, a persecutor, a profane person, as well as not to a brother, a believer in Christ; and this the saints should not only be careful of, and guard against in themselves, but should watch over one another, and see to it, that no such practice is found in each other.

But ever follow that which is good; honestly, morally, pleasantly, and profitably good; even every good work, which is according to the will of God, is done in faith, from love, and to the glory of God; and particularly acts of beneficence and liberality to the poor; and which are not to be once, or now and then done, but to be followed and pursued after, and that always;

both among yourselves, and to all men; not only to the household of faith, though to them especially, and in the first place, but to all other men, as opportunity offers, even to our enemies, and them that persecute us, and despitefully use us; do good to their bodies, and to their souls, as much as in you lies, by feeding and clothing the one, and by praying for, advising, and instructing the other.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. (Ro 12:17; 1Pe 3:9.)

unto any man—whether unto a Christian, or a heathen, however great the provocation.

follow—as a matter of earnest pursuit.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
Christian Living
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. 16Rejoice always;…
Cross References
Proverbs 20:22
Do not say, "I'll pay you back for this wrong!" Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you.

Matthew 5:44
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:17
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test them all; hold on to what is good,

1 Peter 3:9
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
Treasury of Scripture

See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

See.

Genesis 45:24 So he sent his brothers away, and they departed: and he said to them, …

1 Corinthians 16:10 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: …

Ephesians 5:15,33 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise…

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through …

Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said to me, See you …

Revelation 22:9 Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, …

none.

Exodus 23:4,5 If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall …

Leviticus 19:18 You shall not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of …

1 Samuel 24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the …

Psalm 7:4 If I have rewarded evil to him that was at peace with me; (yes, I …

Proverbs 17:13 Whoever rewards evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house.

Proverbs 20:22 Say not you, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he …

Proverbs 24:17,29 Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad …

Proverbs 25:21 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, …

Matthew 5:39,44,45 But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite …

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Romans 12:17-21 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the …

1 Corinthians 6:7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because you go …

1 Peter 2:22,23 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth…

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

ever.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

Deuteronomy 16:20 That which is altogether just shall you follow, that you may live, …

Psalm 38:20 They also that render evil for good are my adversaries; because I …

Romans 14:19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and …

1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that …

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

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

1 Peter 3:11-13 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it…

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

and.

Romans 12:17,18 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the …

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially …

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

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

1 Peter 2:17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

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