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

New Living Translation
but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

English Standard Version
but test everything; hold fast what is good.

Berean Study Bible
but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.

Berean Literal Bible
but test all things. Hold fast to the good.

New American Standard Bible
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

King James Bible
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
but test all things. Hold on to what is good.

International Standard Version
Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

NET Bible
But examine all things; hold fast to what is good.

New Heart English Bible
but test all things; hold firmly that which is good.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Explore everything and hold what is excellent.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

New American Standard 1977
But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Examine all things; retain that which is good.

King James 2000 Bible
Test all things; hold fast that which is good.

American King James Version
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

American Standard Version
prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Darby Bible Translation
but prove all things, hold fast the right;

English Revised Version
prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

Webster's Bible Translation
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Weymouth New Testament
but test all such, and retain hold of the good.

World English Bible
Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.

Young's Literal Translation
all things prove; that which is good hold fast;
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:16-22 We are to rejoice in creature-comforts, as if we rejoiced not, and must not expect to live many years, and rejoice in them all; but if we do rejoice in God, we may do that evermore. A truly religious life is a life of constant joy. And we should rejoice more, if we prayed more. Prayer will help forward all lawful business, and every good work. If we pray without ceasing, we shall not want matter for thanksgiving in every thing. We shall see cause to give thanks for sparing and preventing, for common and uncommon, past and present, temporal and spiritual mercies. Not only for prosperous and pleasing, but also for afflicting providences, for chastisements and corrections; for God designs all for our good, though we at present see not how they tend to it. Quench not the Spirit. Christians are said to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. He worketh as fire, by enlightening, enlivening, and purifying the souls of men. As fire is put out by taking away fuel, and as it is quenched by pouring water, or putting a great deal of earth upon it; so we must be careful not to quench the Holy Spirit, by indulging carnal lusts and affections, minding only earthly things. Believers often hinder their growth in grace, by not giving themselves up to the spiritual affections raised in their hearts by the Holy Spirit. By prophesyings, here understand the preaching of the word, the interpreting and applying the Scriptures. We must not despise preaching, though it is plain, and we are told no more than what we knew before. We must search the Scriptures. And proving all things must be to hold fast that which is good. We should abstain from sin, and whatever looks like sin, leads to it, and borders upon it. He who is not shy of the appearances of sin, who shuns not the occasions of it, and who avoids not the temptations and approaches to it, will not long keep from doing sin.
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Christian Living
20Do not treat prophecies with contempt, 21but test all things. Hold fast to what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.…
Cross References
Romans 12:9
Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

1 Corinthians 14:29
Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.

Galatians 6:10
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to the family of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people.

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from every form of evil.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God. For many false prophets have gone out into the world.
Treasury of Scripture

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this …

Matthew 7:15-20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Mark 7:14-16 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen …

Luke 12:57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received …

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the …

1 Corinthians 2:11,14,15 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which …

1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; …

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you …


Deuteronomy 11:6-9 And what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify …

Proverbs 3:1,21-24 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments…

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Proverbs 6:21-23 Bind them continually on your heart, and tie them about your neck…

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Songs 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom …

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the …

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are …

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you …

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from …

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive …

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according …

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for …

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 3:3,11 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

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