1 Thessalonians 5:16
New International Version
Rejoice always,

New Living Translation
Always be joyful.

English Standard Version
Rejoice always,

Berean Standard Bible
Rejoice at all times.

Berean Literal Bible
Rejoice always.

King James Bible
Rejoice evermore.

New King James Version
Rejoice always,

New American Standard Bible
Rejoice always,

NASB 1995
Rejoice always;

NASB 1977
Rejoice always;

Legacy Standard Bible
Rejoice always;

Amplified Bible
Rejoice always and delight in your faith;

Christian Standard Bible
Rejoice always,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Rejoice always!

American Standard Version
Rejoice always;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Rejoice at all times.

Contemporary English Version
Always be joyful

Douay-Rheims Bible
Always rejoice.

English Revised Version
Rejoice alway;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Always be joyful.

Good News Translation
Be joyful always,

International Standard Version
Always be joyful.

Literal Standard Version
always rejoice;

Majority Standard Bible
Rejoice at all times.

New American Bible
Rejoice always.

NET Bible
Always rejoice,

New Revised Standard Version
Rejoice always,

New Heart English Bible
Rejoice always.

Webster's Bible Translation
Rejoice evermore.

Weymouth New Testament
Be always joyful.

World English Bible
Always rejoice.

Young's Literal Translation
always rejoice ye;

Additional Translations ...
Audio Bible

Christian Living
15Make sure that no one repays evil for evil. Always pursue what is good for one another and for all people. 16Rejoice at all times. 17Pray without ceasing.…

Cross References
John 6:34
"Sir," they said, "give us this bread at all times."

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Treasury of Scripture

Rejoice ever more.


2 Corinthians 6:10
As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.

Matthew 5:12
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

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1 Thessalonians 5
1. He proceeds in the description of Christ's coming to judgment;
16. and gives various instructions;
23. and so concludes the epistle.

(16) Rejoice evermore.--The remaining commands are more simply spiritual, and hardly form part of the same paragraph as 1Thessalonians 5:12-15, which related to discipline; though from 1Thessalonians 5:19 et seq. we see that St. Paul was still addressing the Church in its corporate capacity, not only the individual members. The Christian who remains in sadness and depression really breaks a commandment: in some direction or other he mistrusts God--His power, providence, forgiveness. The command is specially good for a persecuted Church like that of Thessalonica (Matthew 5:10-12).

Verse 16. - Rejoice evermore; or, rejoice always (R.V.). Joy is that feeling of delight which arises from the possession of present good, or from the anticipation of future happiness; and in both respects the believer has abundant reason for constant joy. He possesses the blessedness of forgiveness and the sure prospect of eternal life, and he has the consciousness that all things work together for good to them that love God (Romans 8:28). God wishes his people to be happy, and does not suffer them to be indifferent to their own peace. He commands them to rejoice, yea, to rejoice evermore. "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice" (Philippians 4:4).

Parallel Commentaries ...

χαίρετε (chairete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 5463: A primary verb; to be 'cheer'ful, i.e. Calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation, be well.

at all times.
Πάντοτε (Pantote)
Strong's 3842: Always, at all times, ever. From pas and hote; every when, i.e. At all times.

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