1 Thessalonians 5:17
New International Version
pray continually,

New Living Translation
Never stop praying.

English Standard Version
pray without ceasing,

Berean Standard Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Berean Literal Bible
Pray unceasingly.

King James Bible
Pray without ceasing.

New King James Version
pray without ceasing,

New American Standard Bible
pray without ceasing,

NASB 1995
pray without ceasing;

NASB 1977
pray without ceasing;

Legacy Standard Bible
pray without ceasing;

Amplified Bible
be unceasing and persistent in prayer;

Christian Standard Bible
pray constantly,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Pray constantly.

American Standard Version
pray without ceasing;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pray without ceasing.

Contemporary English Version
and never stop praying.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Pray without ceasing.

English Revised Version
pray without ceasing;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never stop praying.

Good News Translation
pray at all times,

International Standard Version
Continually be prayerful.

Literal Standard Version
continually pray;

Majority Standard Bible
Pray without ceasing.

New American Bible
Pray without ceasing.

NET Bible
constantly pray,

New Revised Standard Version
pray without ceasing,

New Heart English Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Webster's Bible Translation
Pray without ceasing.

Weymouth New Testament
Be unceasing in prayer.

World English Bible
Pray without ceasing.

Young's Literal Translation
continually pray ye;

Additional Translations ...
Audio Bible

Christian Living
16Rejoice at all times. 17Pray without ceasing. 18Give thanks in every circumstance, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.…

Cross References
Daniel 6:10
Now when Daniel learned that the document had been signed, he went into his house, where the windows of his upper room opened toward Jerusalem, and three times a day he got down on his knees, prayed, and gave thanks to his God, just as he had done before.

Ephesians 6:18
Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

Treasury of Scripture

Pray without ceasing.


Luke 18:1
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;

Luke 21:36
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

Romans 12:12
Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

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1 Thessalonians 5
1. He proceeds in the description of Christ's coming to judgment;
16. and gives various instructions;
23. and so concludes the epistle.

(17) Pray without ceasing.--Theophylact well says, "This shows the way to 'rejoice always'--to wit, incessant prayer and eucharist, for he that has accustomed himself to hold converse with God, and to give thanks to Him over everything that happens as happening well, will evidently have unbroken joy." Though a man cannot be incessantly praying in words, the mind may be held continuously in an attitude of prayer, even in sleep (Song of Solomon 5:2).

Verse 17. - Pray without ceasing. The means of promoting religious joy is prayer. This prayer is to be "without ceasing," implying constancy (Colossians 4:2) and perseverance (Romans 12:12; Ephesians 6:18; Luke 18:1). This is not a mere precept "capable of fulfillment in idea, rather than in fact" (Jowett); but it is an exhortation to live in a devotional frame of mind. It is impossible to be always on our bended knees, but we may be in the spirit of prayer when engaged in the duties of our earthly calling. Prayer may be without ceasing in the heart which is full of the presence of God, and evermore communing with him.

Parallel Commentaries ...

προσεύχεσθε (proseuchesthe)
Verb - Present Imperative Middle or Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4336: To pray, pray for, offer prayer. From pros and euchomai; to pray to God, i.e. Supplicate, worship.

without ceasing.
ἀδιαλείπτως (adialeiptōs)
Strong's 89: Unceasingly, without remission. Adverb from adialeiptos; uninterruptedly, i.e. Without omission.

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