1 Thessalonians 5:21
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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Put everything to the test. Accept what is good

Good News Translation
Put all things to the test: keep what 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;
Study Bible
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.

Prove.

Isaiah 8:20
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Matthew 7:15-20
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves…

Mark 7:14-16
And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand: …

hold.

Deuteronomy 11:6-9
And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel: …

Deuteronomy 32:46,47
And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law…

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







Lexicon
but
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

test
δοκιμάζετε (dokimazete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1381: From dokimos; to test; by implication, to approve.

all things.
πάντα (panta)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

Hold fast
κατέχετε (katechete)
Verb - Present Imperative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2722: From kata and echo; to hold down, in various applications.

to what [is]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

good.
καλὸν (kalon)
Adjective - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2570: Properly, beautiful, but chiefly good, i.e. Valuable or virtuous.
(21) Prove all things.--The right reading inserts a "but":--"I bid you pay all reverence to the cheering utterances of your prophets (comp. Acts 15:32); but take care! put everything to the test." That the warning was needed, or would be needed soon, is shown by 2Thessalonians 2:2. It is couched in general terms (all things), but, of course, has special reference to all things purporting to be manifestations of the Spirit. And how were these revelations to be tested? If they were not in accordance (1) with the original tradition (2Thessalonians 2:2), (2) with the supernatural inspirations of the other prophets who sat as judges (1Corinthians 14:29), (3) with enlightened common sense (1John 4:1), they could not be "good." The word "good" here is not vague and general good in the moral sense--not the same Greek word as in 1Thessalonians 5:15--but "good" in the sense of "genuine," "answering to the proper conception of what it purports to be." The same word is used in the same sense in John 10:11.

Verse 21. - Prove all things. This exhortation is closely connected with the preceding. "Prove all things," namely, whatever was advanced by the prophets in their inspired discourses (comp. 1 John 4:1, "Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God"). "Prove" here means to test, as metals are tested in the fire; and hence the word frequently denotes the favorable result of the testing, or approval. There was a special gift of discerning spirits in the primitive Church (1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 Corinthians 14:29). But although the words primarily refer to the testing of prophetic utterances, yet they have a general application. We should not rest our faith on the authority of others. The right of private judgment is the characteristic and privilege of Protestantism. We ought thoroughly to examine all doctrines by the test of Scripture, and then, discerning their reasons, we shall be able to take a firmer hold of them. At the same time, the fundamental principle of rationalism, that reason as such is the judge of the doctrines of revelation, is not contained in these words, and cannot be inferred from them. Hold fast; retain. That which is good; the good, the beautiful, the honorable; a different word from that rendered "good" in ver. 15. We are to retain whatever is good in those "all things" which we are to prove or test, namely, in the prophesyings. 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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