1 Thessalonians 5:22
New International Version
reject every kind of evil.

New Living Translation
Stay away from every kind of evil.

English Standard Version
Abstain from every form of evil.

Berean Study Bible
Abstain from every form of evil.

Berean Literal Bible
Abstain from every form of evil.

New American Standard Bible
abstain from every form of evil.

King James Bible
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Stay away from every kind of evil.

Contemporary English Version
and don't have anything to do with evil.

Good News Translation
and avoid every kind of evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Stay away from every kind of evil.

International Standard Version
Keep away from every kind of evil.

NET Bible
Stay away from every form of evil.

New Heart English Bible
Abstain from every form of evil.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Flee from every evil matter.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Keep away from every kind of evil.

New American Standard 1977
abstain from every form of evil.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Separate yourselves from all appearance of evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

American King James Version
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

American Standard Version
abstain from every form of evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.

Darby Bible Translation
hold aloof from every form of wickedness.

English Revised Version
abstain from every form of evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Hold yourselves aloof from every form of evil.

World English Bible
Abstain from every form of evil.

Young's Literal Translation
from all appearance of evil abstain ye;
Study Bible
Christian Living
21but test all things. Hold fast to what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil. 23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test all things. Hold fast to what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Treasury of Scripture

Abstain from all appearance of evil.

1 Thessalonians 4:12
That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

Exodus 23:7
Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Isaiah 33:15
He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;







Lexicon
Abstain
ἀπέχεσθε (apechesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 568: To have in full, be far, it is enough. From apo and echo; to have out, i.e. Receive in full; to keep away, i.e. Be distant.

from
ἀπὸ (apo)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 575: From, away from. A primary particle; 'off, ' i.e. Away, in various senses.

every
παντὸς (pantos)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
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.

form
εἴδους (eidous)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1491: Visible form, shape, appearance, outward show, kind, species, class. From eido; a view, i.e. Form.

of evil.
πονηροῦ (ponērou)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4190: Evil, bad, wicked, malicious, slothful.
(22) Abstain from all appearance of evil.--This translation cannot stand. Possibly it might be rendered "every form of evil," but the most natural version would be, "Hold yourselves aloof from every evil kind"--i.e., evil kind of whatever you may be testing. The word "evil" is here used in the moral sense, and does not constitute an exact antithesis to the "good" of the preceding verse.

Verse 22. - Abstain from all appearance of evil. This verse is connected with the last, and states negatively what is there stated positively. Test the declarations of the prophets; retain the good, and reject the evil. The word translated "appearance" has been differently rendered; it denotes form, figure, species, kind; so that the clause is to be rendered, "Abstain from all form of evil" (R.V.), or, "of the evil," the word being an abstract substantive. The whole exhortation is similar to that given in Romans 12:9, only there the negative statement is put first: "Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good." Some suppose that the metaphor employed is from the practice of money-changers who tested the money offered to them, rejecting what was base and retaining what was genuine. Among the Fathers we meet with the phrase, "Be ye experienced money-changers," as a traditionary saying of our Lord; and some suppose that the apostle refers to this saying, and give the following paraphrase: "The good money keep; with every sort of bad money have nothing to do; act as experienced money-changers: all the money presented to you as good, test." Such a supposition is fanciful and far-fetched. 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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