Parallel Verses

International Standard Version

Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good.

New American Standard Bible

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;

King James Version

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Holman Bible

but test all things.
Hold on to what is good.

A Conservative Version

but examine all things. Hold firm the good.

American Standard Version

prove all things; hold fast that which is good;


But test all things carefully [so you can recognize what is good]. Hold firmly to that which is good.

An Understandable Version

Put everything [i.e., speakers and their messages] to the test, [then] hold onto what is good.

Anderson New Testament

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Bible in Basic English

Let all things be tested; keep to what is good;

Common New Testament

But test everything; hold fast to what is good.

Daniel Mace New Testament

bring every thing to the test: if it be proof, abide by that:

Darby Translation

but prove all things, hold fast the right;

Godbey New Testament

but prove all things; and hold fast to the beautiful;

Goodspeed New Testament

but test them all, retaining what is good

John Wesley New Testament

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Julia Smith Translation

Try all things; hold the good.

King James 2000

Test all things; hold fast that which is good.

Lexham Expanded Bible

but examine all [things]; hold fast to [what is] good.

Modern King James verseion

Prove all things, hold fast to the good.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

Examine all things, and keep that which is good.

Moffatt New Testament

but test them all, retaining what is good

Montgomery New Testament

But try all, holding fast to the good.

NET Bible

But examine all things; hold fast to what is good.

New Heart English Bible

but test all things; hold firmly that which is good.

Noyes New Testament

but prove all things; hold fast that which is good;

Sawyer New Testament

Prove all things, hold fast the good;

The Emphasized Bible

But, all things, put to the proof - what is comely, hold ye fast:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Twentieth Century New Testament

Bring everything to the test; cling to what is good;


Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Weymouth New Testament

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

Williams New Testament

but continue to prove all things until you can approve them, and then hold on to what is good.

World English Bible

Test all things, and hold firmly that which is good.

Worrell New Testament

but prove all things, hold fast that which is good.

Worsley New Testament

yet try all things, and hold fast that which is good.

Youngs Literal Translation

all things prove; that which is good hold fast;


Root Form
Usage: 20

Usage: 704

Usage: 16


Devotionals about 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Images 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Prayers for 1 Thessalonians 5:21

Context Readings

Final Exhortations And Benediction

20 Do not despise prophecies. 21 Instead, test everything. Hold on to what is good. 22 Keep away from every kind of evil.

Cross References

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, stop believing every spirit. Instead, test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Luke 12:57

"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?

Acts 17:11

These people were more receptive than those in Thessalonica. They were very willing to receive the message, and every day they carefully examined the Scriptures to see if those things were so.

Romans 12:9

Your love must be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil; cling to what is good.

Ephesians 5:10

Determine what pleases the Lord,

Deuteronomy 11:6-9

and what he did to Eliab's sons Dathan and Abiram, descendants of Reuben, when the ground opened up and swallowed them, their households, their tents, and every living thing belonging to them in the full sight of Israel.

Deuteronomy 32:46-47

he told them, "Take to heart my entire testimony against you today. Command your children to observe carefully every word of this Law,

Proverbs 3:1

My son, don't forget my instruction, and keep my commandments carefully in mind.

Proverbs 3:21-24

My son, do not let wisdom leave your sight. Carefully observe sound judgment and discernment,

Proverbs 4:13

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go! Guard wisdom, because she is your life!

Proverbs 6:21-23

by binding them to your heart continuously, fastening them around your neck.

Proverbs 23:23

Purchase truth, but don't sell it; store up wisdom, instruction, and understanding.

Song of Songs 3:4

I had just passed them when I found the one I love. I held him and wouldn't let him go until I brought him to my mother's house, to the room of the one who conceived me.

Isaiah 8:20

for instruction and for testimony? Surely they are speaking like this because the truth hasn't dawned on them.

Matthew 7:15-20

"Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are savage wolves.

Mark 7:14-15

Then he called to the crowd again and told them, "Listen to me, all of you, and understand!

John 8:31

So Jesus told those Jews who had believed in him, "If you continue in my word, you are really my disciples.

John 15:4

"Abide in me, and I will abide in you. Just as the branch cannot produce fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

Acts 11:23

When he arrived, he rejoiced to see what the grace of God had done, and with hearty determination he kept encouraging all of them to remain faithful to the Lord,

Acts 14:22

strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to continue in the faith. "We must endure many hardships," they said, "to get into the kingdom of God."

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but continuously be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God's will is what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.

1 Corinthians 2:11

Is there anyone who can understand his own thoughts except his own inner spirit? In the same way, no one can know the thoughts of God except God's Spirit.

1 Corinthians 2:14-15

A person who isn't spiritual doesn't accept the things of God's Spirit, for they are nonsense to him. He can't understand them because they are spiritually evaluated.

1 Corinthians 14:28-29

If an interpreter is not present, the speaker should remain silent in the church and speak to himself and God.

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, unmovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that the work that you do for the Lord isn't wasted.

Philippians 1:10

so that you may be able to choose what is best and be pure and blameless until the day when the Messiah returns,

Philippians 3:16

However, we should live up to what we have achieved so far.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is fair, whatever is pure, whatever is acceptable, whatever is commendable, if there is anything of excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy keep thinking about these things.

2 Thessalonians 2:15

So then, brothers, stand firm, and cling to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter.

2 Timothy 1:15

You know that everyone in Asia has abandoned me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes.

2 Timothy 3:6

For some of these men go into homes and deceive foolish women who are burdened with sins and swayed by all kinds of desires.

2 Timothy 4:14

Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will pay him back for what he did.

Hebrews 10:23

Let us continue to hold firmly to the hope that we confess without wavering, for the one who made the promise is faithful.

Revelation 2:2

"I know what you've been doing, your toil, and your endurance. I also know that you cannot tolerate evil people. You have tested those who call themselves apostles, but are not, and have found them to be false.

Revelation 2:25

Just hold on to what you have until I come.

Revelation 3:3

So remember what you received and heard. Obey it, and repent. If you are not alert, I will come like a thief, and you won't know the time when I will come to you.

Revelation 3:11

I am coming soon! Hold on to what you have so that no one takes your victor's crown.

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