1 Thessalonians 5:21

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Proue all things: hold fast that which is good.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But examine everything {carefully;} hold fast to that which is good;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

prove all things; hold fast that which is good;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Let all things be tested; keep to what is good;
- Basic English Bible

but prove all things, hold fast the right;
- Darby Bible

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
- Webster's Bible

but test all such, and retain hold of the good.
- Weymouth Bible

Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
- World English Bible

But preue ye alle thingis, and holde ye that thing that is good.
- Wycliffe Bible

all things prove; that which is good hold fast;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:21


5:21 Meantime, prove all things - Which any preacher recommends. (He speaks of practice, not of doctrines.) Try every advice by the touchstone of scripture, and hold fast that which is good - Zealously, resolutely, diligently practise it, in spite of all opposition.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:21


1Th 5:21 Prove all things. What was spoken they must put to the test, they must hold fast to. There were those who could "discern spirits" (1Co 12:10). There were also rules for testing (1Jo 4:1-8).

Discussion for 1 Thessalonians 5

  • Irene123
    Tosha - I'm just really very curious; on which comment were you basing your comment about 'appearance'? I'd like to read it.
  • Tosha
    My comment is this, who judges your appearance? Their is only one God, and he has allowed a few to write some things of what he expects, but unless u have read the entire bible and extra bks, u have no idea what the start of what God our creator expects of our appearance.
  • A disciple
    Irene; Ever since Cain and Abel, the Righteous have had to bear with the tribulations imposed on them by those who despise and reject the Word of the Anointed Saviour. In fact it was generally the Sentence passed on us as a species because of Adam's sin, that we have tribulation, toil and sorrow: a "trade off" if you will, for being allowed to live the rest of our lives, in faith of Christ coming.
  • Irene123
    Jesus' saints don't 'reject' His wrath; they can't; they can only reject His salvation. The wrath to come (Great Trib.) is coming to the unsaved - who reject His salvation; after those 7 yrs. then His 1.000 yr. reign, then the final judgement.
  • A disciple
    There seems here to be some misunderstanding about "tribulation," and as to whether the Saints must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. But when someone comes along and suggests that tribulation is the same as God's wrath, and something we should reject; they unwittingly make themselves enemies of the Cross; and we find that a snare from the devil has been laid before us!
  • Bruce
    Irene:verse nine says wrath, the wrath of God is not tribulation:tribulation is not the wrath of God. We will be accountable for all things we say!Matthew12:36 /did persecution and tribulation start when 1 said kill them all 2 yrs and under?When we standup preach salvation,let their Light shine, point to the cross? We are in the tribulation! Wrath for the lost

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