1 Thessalonians 5:21
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English Standard Version
but test everything; hold fast what is good.

King James Bible
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

American Standard Version
prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

English Revised Version
prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

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

Weymouth New Testament
but test all such, and retain hold of the good.

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Prove all things (πάντα δοκιμάζετε)

A general exhortation, not confined to prophesyings; but Paul elsewhere insists that a test be applied to phenomena which claim to be supernatural. See on discerning of spirits, 1 Corinthians 12:10; see on 1 Corinthians 14:29, and comp. 2 Thessalonians 2:2, and 1 John 4:1-3. For δοκιμάζετε prove, see on 1 Peter 1:7. In lxx, Proverbs 27:21; Psalm 11:6, δοκίμιον is a crucible or furnace.

Hold fast that which is good (τὸ καλὸν κατέχετ)

These words are associated in early Christian writers with an apocryphal saying ascribed to Jesus, and very frequently quoted, γίνεσθε δὲ δόκιμοι τραπεζῖται show yourselves approved money-changers. By some ancient writers the two are cited together as Paul's; by others they are distinguished, as by Origen, who cites the saying as an injunction (ἐντολὴν) of Jesus, and adds, "and also (observing) the teaching of Paul, who says, 'prove all things, hold fast the good, abstain from every form of evil.'" The saying about the money-changers is probably a genuine logion of the Lord. Some have thought that the words added by Clement of Alexandria, "rejecting some things but holding fast the good," formed part of the Lord's saying, and that, accordingly, Paul's words here depend on an original utterance of Jesus. If this could be proved, εἶδος form, 1 Thessalonians 5:22, might be explained as a figure of exchangers distinguishing between genuine and false coins.

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Prove.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Matthew 7:15-20 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves...

Mark 7:14-16 And when he had called all the people to him, he said to them, Listen to me every one of you, and understand...

Luke 12:57 Yes, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind...

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good...

1 Corinthians 2:11,14,15 For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man...

1 Corinthians 14:28 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable to the Lord.

Philippians 1:10 That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.

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1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God...

Revelation 2:2 I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them which are evil...

hold.

Deuteronomy 11:6-9 And what he did to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up...

Deuteronomy 32:46,47 And he said to them, Set your hearts to all the words which I testify among you this day...

Proverbs 3:1,21-24 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments...

Proverbs 4:13 Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is your life.

Proverbs 6:21-23 Bind them continually on your heart, and tie them about your neck...

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Songs 3:4 It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loves: I held him, and would not let him go...

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue in my word, then are you my disciples indeed;

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you...

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all...

Acts 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith...

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold to that which is good.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord...

Philippians 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure...

2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brothers, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our letter.

2 Timothy 1:15 This you know, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works:

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)

Revelation 2:25 But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 3:3,11 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you shall not watch...

Cross References
Romans 12:9
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

1 Corinthians 14:29
Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said.

Galatians 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.

1 Thessalonians 5:22
Abstain from every form of evil.

1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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