Parallel Verses

King James Version

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

New American Standard Bible

But examine everything carefully; hold fast to 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 and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.

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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Examine all things; retain 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;

Verse Picture


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 prophesyings. 21 Prove 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 try 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 ye 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 dissimulation. 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 her 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 ye 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 thine heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 3:21-24

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

Proverbs 4:13

Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.

Proverbs 6:21-23

Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy 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 that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: 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, which 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 which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye 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 ye, except ye 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 cleave 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 ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Corinthians 2:11

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

1 Corinthians 2:14-15

But the natural man receiveth 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 ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Philippians 1:10

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

Philippians 3:16

Nevertheless, whereto 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 ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

2 Timothy 1:15

This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

2 Timothy 3:6

For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers 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 thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

Revelation 2:25

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

Revelation 3:3

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

Revelation 3:11

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

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