1 Thessalonians 5:19
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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 Study Bible
Do not extinguish the Spirit.

Berean Literal Bible
Do not quench the Spirit.

New American Standard Bible
Do not quench the Spirit;

King James Bible
Quench not the Spirit.

Christian Standard Bible
Don't stifle the Spirit.

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

Good News Translation
Do not restrain the Holy Spirit;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't stifle the Spirit.

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

NET Bible
Do not extinguish the Spirit.

New Heart English Bible
Do not quench the Spirit.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Do not quench the Spirit.

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

New American Standard 1977
Do not quench the Spirit;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Quench not the Spirit.

King James 2000 Bible
Quench not the Spirit.

American King James Version
Quench not the Spirit.

American Standard Version
Quench not the Spirit;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Extinguish not the spirit.

Darby Bible Translation
quench not the Spirit;

English Revised Version
Quench not 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;
Study Bible
Christian Living
18Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 19Do 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.


Songs 8:7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: …

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you shall be able …

the Spirit.

Genesis 6:3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for …

1 Samuel 16:4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Bethlehem. …

Nehemiah 9:30 Yet many years did you forbear them, and testified against them by …

Psalm 51:11 Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me.

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

1 Corinthians 14:30 If any thing be revealed to another that sits by, let the first hold his peace.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed to …

1 Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, …

2 Timothy 1:6 Why I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which …

(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). Quench not the spirit. By which is meant, not the person of the Spirit, but either the graces of the spirit, which may be compared to light, and fire, and heat, to which the allusion is in the text; such as faith, which is a light in the soul, a seeing of the Son, and an evidence of things not seen; and love, which gives a vehement flame, which many waters cannot quench; and zeal, which is the boiling up of love, the fervency of it; and spiritual knowledge, which is also light, and of an increasing nature, and are all graces of the spirit: and though these cannot be totally extinguished, and utterly put out and lost, yet they may be greatly damped; the light of faith may become dim; and the flame of love be abated, and that wax cold; the heat of zeal may pass into lukewarmness, and an indifference of spirit; and the light of knowledge seem to decline instead of increasing; and all through indulging some sin or sins, by keeping ill company, and by neglecting the ordinances of God, prayer, preaching, and other institutions of the Gospel; wherefore such an exhortation is necessary to quicken saints, and stir them up to the use of those means, whereby those graces are cherished and preserved in their lively exercise; though rather the gifts of the Spirit are intended. The extraordinary gifts of the Spirit, bestowed on the apostles at the day of Pentecost, are represented under the symbol of fire, to which perhaps the apostle may here have respect; and the more ordinary gifts of the Spirit are such as are to be stirred up, as coals of fire are stirred up, in order that they may burn, and shine the brighter, and give both light and heat, 2 Timothy 1:6 and which may be said to be quenched, when they are neglected, and lie by as useless; when they are wrapped up in a napkin, or hid in the earth; or when men are restrained from the use of them; or when the use of them is not attended to, or is brought into contempt, and the exercise of them rendered useless and unprofitable, as much as in them lies. And even private persons may quench the Spirit of God, his gifts of light and knowledge, when they hold the truth in unrighteousness, imprison it, and conceal it, and do not publicly profess it as they ought. 19. Quench not—the Spirit being a holy fire: "where the Spirit is, He burns" [Bengel] (Mt 3:11; Ac 2:3; 7:51). Do not throw cold water on those who, under extraordinary inspiration of the Spirit, stand up to speak with tongues, or reveal mysteries, or pray in the congregation. The enthusiastic exhibitions of some (perhaps as to the nearness of Christ's coming, exaggerating Paul's statement, 2Th 2:2, By spirit), led others (probably the presiding ministers, who had not always been treated with due respect by enthusiastic novices, 1Th 5:12), from dread of enthusiasm, to discourage the free utterances of those really inspired, in the Church assembly. On the other hand, the caution (1Th 5:21) was needed, not to receive "all" pretended revelations as divine, without "proving" them.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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