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

King James Bible
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

American Standard Version
abstain from every form of evil.

Douay-Rheims Bible
From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.

English Revised Version
abstain from every form of evil.

Webster's Bible Translation
Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Weymouth New Testament
Hold yourselves aloof from every form of evil.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Appearance (εἴδους)

As commonly explained, abstain from everything that even looks like evil. But the word signifies form or kind. Comp. Luke 3:22; John 5:37, and see nearly the same phrase in Joseph. Ant. 10:3, 1. It never has the sense of semblance. Moreover, it is impossible to abstain from everything that looks like evil.

Of evil (πονηροῦ)

To be taken as a noun; not as an adjective agreeing with εἴδους form (from every evil form). The meaning of πονηρός in N.T. cannot be limited to active evil, mischief, though it often has that sense. The same is true in lxx, where it sometimes means grudging or niggardly. See Sir. 14:4, 5; 34:23.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That you may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing.

Exodus 23:7 Keep you far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay you not: for I will not justify the wicked.

Isaiah 33:15 He that walks righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes...

Matthew 17:26,27 Peter said to him, Of strangers. Jesus said to him, Then are the children free...

Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

1 Corinthians 8:13 Why, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world stands, lest I make my brother to offend.

1 Corinthians 10:31-33 Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God...

2 Corinthians 6:3 Giving no offense in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed:

2 Corinthians 8:20,21 Avoiding this, that no man should blame us in this abundance which is administered by us...

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

Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

Cross References
1 Thessalonians 5:21
but test everything; hold fast what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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