1 Thessalonians 5:19
New International Version
Do not quench the Spirit.

New Living Translation
Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.

English Standard Version
Do not quench the Spirit.

Berean Standard Bible
Do not extinguish the Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not quench the Spirit.

King James Bible
Quench not the Spirit.

New King James Version
Do not quench the Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
Do not quench the Spirit,

NASB 1995
Do not quench the Spirit;

NASB 1977
Do not quench the Spirit;

Legacy Standard Bible
Do not quench the Spirit;

Amplified Bible
Do not quench [subdue, or be unresponsive to the working and guidance of] the [Holy] Spirit.

Christian Standard Bible
Don’t stifle the Spirit.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t stifle the Spirit.

American Standard Version
Quench not the Spirit;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not quench the Spirit.

Contemporary English Version
Don't turn away God's Spirit

Douay-Rheims Bible
Extinguish not the spirit.

English Revised Version
Quench not the Spirit;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't put out the Spirit's fire.

Good News Translation
Do not restrain the Holy Spirit;

International Standard Version
Do not put out the Spirit's fire.

Literal Standard Version
Do not quench the Spirit;

Majority Standard Bible
Do not extinguish the Spirit.

New American Bible
Do not quench the Spirit.

NET Bible
Do not extinguish the Spirit.

New Revised Standard Version
Do not quench the Spirit.

New Heart English Bible
Do not quench the Spirit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Quench not the spirit.

Weymouth New Testament
Do not quench the Spirit.

World English Bible
Don’t quench the Spirit.

Young's Literal Translation
The Spirit quench not;

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Christian Living
18Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not extinguish the Spirit. 20Do not treat prophecies with contempt,…

Cross References
Ephesians 4:30
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, in whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

1 Thessalonians 5:20
Do not treat prophecies with contempt,

Treasury of Scripture

Quench not the Spirit.


Song of Solomon 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.

Ephesians 4:30
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Ephesians 6:16
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

the Spirit.

Genesis 6:3
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

1 Samuel 16:4
And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, Comest thou peaceably?

Nehemiah 9:30
Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

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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.

(19) Quench not the Spirit.--The mention of prayer and thanksgiving (eucharistia), by which public as well as private worship is intended, leads St. Paul on to the mention of other parts of the service. The gloom and depression to which an antidote is administered in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18 had been such as almost to extinguish that fire of enthusiasm which ought to have burst out in prayers, praises, thanksgivings, and "prophecies." The "Spirit" here must not be taken too sharply to mean the Person of the Holy Ghost: the Person of the Holy Ghost maybe grieved (Ephesians 4:30), expelled (Psalm 51:11), neglected (1Timothy 4:14), but (though His working on the individual may be stopped) He can never be extinguished. The word here again (as in 1Thessalonians 1:5) is in that intermediate sense which expresses the effect of the Holy Ghost's personal working upon our spirits. He kindles in us a fire (Matthew 3:11), that is, a consuming ardour and enthusiasm, of love to God and man; which ardour may be damped, quenched, by not giving it free air and play. Gloom (1Thessalonians 5:16), neglect of prayer (1Thessalonians 5:17) which is the very feeding of the flame, discontentment with the answer which God chooses to give to prayer (1Thessalonians 5:18), will in the end reduce us to the condition in which we were before we were confirmed (Romans 8:9). Comp. Ecce Homo, p. 257 (3rd ed.):--"The Apostles in like manner became sensible that their inspiration was liable to intermissions. They regard it as possible to grieve the Divinity who resided within them, and ever. to quench His influence. But neither they nor Christ even for a moment suppose that, if He should take His flight, it is possible to do without Him . . . Christianity is an enthusiasm, or it is nothing." . . . Verse 19. - Quench not the Spirit. The Spirit is here considered as a flame which may be extinguished (Matthew 3:11). The descent of the Spirit at Pentecost was in the form of cloven tongues like as of fire (Acts 2:3). By the Spirit here is usually understood the miraculous gifts of the Spirit - speaking with tongues or prophesyings; and it is supposed that the apostle here forbids the exercise of these gifts being hindered or checked. In the next verse the gift of prophesying is mentioned. But there is no reason to exclude the ordinary and still more valuable gifts of the Spirit, such as pure thoughts, holy actions, devout affections, which may be effectually quenched by a careless or immoral life. "Quench not the Spirit." Do not those things which are opposed to his influences. Be on your guard against sin, as opposed to the work of the Spirit in the soul. In this sense the admonition is similar to that given by Paul in his Epistle to the Ephesians: "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God" (Ephesians 4:30).

Parallel Commentaries ...

Do not extinguish
σβέννυτε (sbennyte)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4570: (a) I extinguish, quench, (b) I suppress, thwart. A prolonged form of an apparently primary verb; to extinguish.

Τὸ (To)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

Πνεῦμα (Pneuma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's 4151: Wind, breath, spirit.

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