1 Thessalonians 4:3

“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For this is the will of God, euen your sanctification, that yee should absteine from fornication:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; {that is,} that you abstain from sexual immorality;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For this is the will of God, `even' your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;
- American Standard Version (1901)

For the purpose of God for you is this: that you may be holy, and may keep yourselves from the desires of the flesh;
- Basic English Bible

For this is [the] will of God, [even] your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication;
- Darby Bible

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from lewdness.
- Webster's Bible

For this is God's will--your purity of life, that you abstain from fornication;
- Weymouth Bible

For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from sexual immorality,
- World English Bible

For this is the wille of God, youre holynesse, that ye absteyne you fro fornycacioun.
- Wycliffe Bible

for this is the will of God -- your sanctification; that ye abstain from the whoredom,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:3


4:3 Sanctification - Entire holiness of heart and life: particular branches of it are subjoined. That ye abstain from fornication - A beautiful transition from sanctification to a single branch of the contrary; and this shows that nothing is so seemingly distant, or below our thoughts, but we have need to guard against it.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Thessalonians 4:3


1Th 4:3 This is the will of God. What he had taught them was the will of God and needful to their sanctification, or holiness of life. That ye should abstain from fornication. The student of the Epistles will note how often this command is repeated to Gentile churches, a fact easily explained when we remember that fornication was considered no sin among the heathen.

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 4

  • BSP
    Verse 11: This verse gives excellent advice on how we should live our lives. Minding our own business can help us to focus on ourselves and make any needed improvements.
  • Ray321
    1 Thessalonians 4:16, Jesus will shout with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God, to meet the saved believers in the Lord dead or alive in the clouds. This is the Rapture that will happen first, then the 7 year tribulation will start. The second coming of Jesus the Angels will sound the great trumpet, Matthew 24:31, and the Angels will snatch away the wicked, Matthew 23:41-43.
  • Ray321
    1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: This is one of the mystery that Paul explains, the Rapter. Now the 7 year tribulation is a another event, they will be a snatching away of the wicked. Both are different.
  • A disciple
    Dear Sharron Pettis; I think there is a lot of 'unnecessary' misunderstanding about the Day of the LORD, and the Catching Away of the Saints. We have been told abundantly by the Lord, that we are appointed to tribulation and trial while we are here, till He comes. For us it is a mark of son-ship that we may be changed into our Father's image and likeness. For the ungodly it is a foretaste of hell.
  • Sharron Pettis
    Everyone is having difficulty with this, especially the rapture! Is He coming to take believers in the twinkling of an eye OR NOT? I was brought up having been taught YES. Now everyone putting a different spin on it all! Who can know which interpretation is correct?!?!? I thought we were not appointed to wrath and no these are saying it's so! What is the truth and does everyone just see it
  • Joyce ingram
    hi been hearing this passage all my life its real Jesus is coming back soon fact

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