New Living Translation
but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.
King James Bible
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
Darby Bible Translation
but prove all things, hold fast the right;
World English Bible
Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.
Young's Literal Translation
all things prove; that which is good hold fast;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
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.
"Misery stole me at my birth And cast me helpless on the wild." The words of this hymn express my condition from my first advent into the world. My mother had overworked before I was born; and, as a result, I suffered bodily affliction from infancy. I was scarely two years old when I began having spasms. My eyes would roll back in my head, I would froth at the mouth, the tendons of my jaws would draw, causing me to bite my cheeks until the blood ran from my mouth, and I would become unconscious. …
Mary Cole—Trials and Triumphs of Faith
Third Sunday after Epiphany
Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.
1 Corinthians 14:29
Let two or three people prophesy, and let the others evaluate what is said.
Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone--especially to those in the family of faith.
1 Thessalonians 5:15
See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and to all people.
1 Thessalonians 5:22
Stay away from every kind of evil.
1 John 4:1
Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.
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