1 Thessalonians 4:2
For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
Reconciliation to God is like entering the gate of a beautiful avenue which conducts to a splendid mansion. But that avenue is long, and in some places it skirts the edge of dangerous cliffs; and therefore to save the traveller from falling over where he would be dashed to pieces, it is fenced all the way by a quick set edge. That hedge is the Commandments. They are planted there that we may do no harm; but like a fence of the fragrant briar, they regale the pilgrim who keeps the path, and they only hurt him when he tries to break through. Temperance, justice, truthfulness, purity of speech and behaviour, obedience to parents, mutual affection, Sabbath keeping, Divine worship — all these are righteous requirements; and "in keeping of them there is great reward." Happy is he who only knows the precept in the perfume which it sheds, and who, never having "kicked against the pricks," has never proved the sharpness of the thorns.
(J. Hamilton, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.