1 Thessalonians 4:3
Good News Translation
God wants you to be holy and completely free from sexual immorality.

New Revised Standard Version
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;

Contemporary English Version
God wants you to be holy, so don't be immoral in matters of sex.

New American Bible
This is the will of God, your holiness: that you refrain from immorality,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: That you should abstain from fornication:

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: That you should abstain from fornication:


1 Thessalonians 5:18 In all things give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all.

Psalm 40:8 That I should do thy will: O my God, I have desired it, and thy law in the midst of my heart.

Psalm 143:10 Teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God. Thy good spirit shall lead me into the right land:

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father, that is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.

Mark 3:35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother.

John 4:34 Jesus saith to them: My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, that I may perfect his work.

John 7:17 If any man will do the will of him, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God.

Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore, become not unwise: but understanding what is the will of God.

Ephesians 6:6 Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men: but, as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.

Colossians 1:9 Therefore we also, from the day that we heard it, cease not to pray for you and to beg that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will, in all wisdom and spiritual understanding:

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras saluteth you, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, who is always solicitous for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and full in all the will of God.

Hebrews 10:36 For patience is necessary for you: that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise.

Hebrews 13:21 Fit you in all goodness, that you may do his will; doing in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:2 That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh, not after the desires of men but according to the will of God.

1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away and the concupiscence thereof: but he that doth the will of God abideth for ever.


1 Thessalonians 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour,

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things: that your whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 17:17-19 Sanctify them in truth. Thy word is truth. . . .

Acts 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, who is able to build up and to give an inheritance among all the sanctified.

Acts 26:18 To open their eyes, that they may be converted from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a lot among the saints, by the faith that is in me.

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting.


1 Corinthians 1:30 But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom and justice and sanctification and redemption:

1 Corinthians 6:11 And such some of you were. But you are washed: but you are sanctified: but you are justified: in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God.

Ephesians 5:26,27 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life: . . .

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Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works.

1 Peter 1:2 According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace unto you and peace be multiplied.


Matthew 15:19 For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

Acts 15:20,29 But that we write unto them, that they refrain themselves from the pollutions of idols and from fornication and from things strangled and from blood. . . .

Romans 1:29 Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication, avarice, wickedness: full of envy, murder, contention, deceit, malignity: whisperers,

1 Corinthians 5:9-11 I wrote to you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators. . . .

1 Corinthians 6:9,10,13-18 Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: Neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers: . . .

1 Corinthians 7:2 But for fear of fornication, let every man have his own wife: and let every woman have her own husband.

2 Corinthians 12:21 Lest again, when I come, God humble me among you: and I mourn many of them that sinned before and have not done penance for the uncleanness and fornication and lasciviousness that they have committed.

Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest: which are fornication, uncleanness, immodesty, luxury,

Ephesians 5:3-5 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as becometh saints: . . .

Colossians 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence and covetousness, which is the service of idols.

Hebrews 12:16 Lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau who for one mess sold his first birthright.

Hebrews 13:4 Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

Revelation 21:8 But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, they shall have their portion in the pool burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

Revelation 22:15 Without are dogs and sorcerers and unchaste and murderers and servers of idols and every one that loveth and maketh a lie.


Living to Please God
2For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus. 3For this is the will of God, your sanctification: That you should abstain from fornication: 4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour,…
Cross References
Matthew 5:32
But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.

1 Corinthians 6:18
Fly fornication. Every sin that a man doth is without the body: but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.

Ephesians 5:17
Wherefore, become not unwise: but understanding what is the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:2
For you know what precepts I have given to you by the Lord Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:2
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