Parallel Verses

King James 2000

Test all things; hold fast that which 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.

International Standard Version

Instead, test everything. 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.

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 Despise not prophesying. 21 Test all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

Cross References

1 John 4:1

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but test the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Luke 12:57

Yea, 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, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

Romans 12:9

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

Ephesians 5:10

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Deuteronomy 11:6-9

And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

Deuteronomy 32:46-47

And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

Proverbs 3:1

My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 3:21-24

My son, let not them depart from your eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion:

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 upon your heart, and tie them about your neck.

Proverbs 23:23

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

Song of Songs 3:4

It was but a little after I passed by them, when I found him whom my soul loves: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.

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, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mark 7:14-15

And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand:

John 8:31

Then said Jesus to those Jews who 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, except you abide in me.

Acts 11:23

Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cling unto the Lord.

Acts 14:22

Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Romans 12:2

And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11

For what man knows the things of a man, except the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 2:14-15

But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1 Corinthians 14:28-29

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

1 Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, since you know that your labor is not in vain in 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;

Philippians 3:16

Nevertheless, to what we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2 Thessalonians 2:15

Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

2 Timothy 1:15

This you know, that all they who are in Asia are turned away from me; of whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.

2 Timothy 3:6

For of this sort are they who creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with various 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 2:2

I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you can not bear them who are evil: and you have tried them who say they are apostles, and are not, and have found them liars:

Revelation 2:25

But that which you have already hold fast till I come.

Revelation 3:3

Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore you will not watch, I will come on you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.

Revelation 3:11

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take your crown.

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