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

  • Ray321
    1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 THE RAPTURE 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: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 5:2 second coming
  • A disciple
    "For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." If you have ever known a thief, or got to know how they think and work; you'd better understand the way the Lord uses this for a comparison. But in addition to the way the thief works, which is important to know about the Day of the LORD; the fact that He has had His eye on them and planning well ahead.
  • Ray
    Romans 12:12 12 Rejoicing in hope patient in tribulation continuing instant in prayer All saved born again child of God have tribulation in there life, but there is going to be a 7 year tribulation that Daniel speaks about. Daniel 9:24-27 Jacobs trouble. We are not in it, the Rapture will come before Jacobs trouble. Then comes the second coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah 14:2-4
  • A disciple
    Thank you Ray for your intelligent post; very good! It is because of the very common fantasy MIS-teaching about the Rapture being seven years before the Tribulation, that many are completely scandalized by the idea of actually having to suffer on account of their faith in Jesus. Their Pastors and Teachers have caused this, and will be held accountable for all who might be lost because of it.
  • Bruce
    Ray: We are in The Tribulation. It started a few Thousand years ago.--In The World Ye shall have Tribulation---. John 16:33 /--- We Glory in Tribulations---Romans 5:3. Tribulation is for The Saved. Wrath is for The Lost. No one knows when The Rapture happens. If We are here when The Wrath comes We will be Protected by The Blood. We Shall be Saved from Wrath through Him. Romans 5:9. Keep looking Up
  • Ray321
    1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. This verse is talking about the Rapture that will happen before the tribulation. The second coming of Jesus will be in the tribulation when he come down on the Mount of Olive to save the believers. Zechariah 14:2-4

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