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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Thessalonians 4:3


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    King James Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

    World English Bible

    For this is the will of God: your sanctification, that you abstain from
    sexual immorality,

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from fornication;

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from lewdness.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    VERSE (3) -
    1Th 5:18 Ps 40:8; 143:10 Mt 7:21; 12:50 Mr 3:35 Joh 4:34; 7:17

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 4:3

    Porque la voluntad de Dios es vuestra santificacin; que os apartis de fornicacin;

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:3

    Verse 3. This is the will of
    God, even your sanctification] God has called you to holiness; he requires that you should be holy; for without holiness none can see the Lord. This is the general calling, but in it many particulars are included. Some of these he proceeds to mention; and it is very likely that these had been points on which he gave them particular instructions while among them.

    That ye should abstain from fornication] The word porneia, as we have seen in other places, includes all sorts of uncleanness; and it was probably this consideration that induced several MSS., some versions and fathers, to add here pashv, all. Directions of this kind were peculiarly necessary among the Greeks, and indeed heathens in general, who were strongly addicted to such vices.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 3. For this is the will of God, even your sanctification , etc.] Which is another reason to enforce the above exhortation. Sanctification is internal or external. Internal sanctification is the work of the Spirit of God, and is a principle of spiritual life in the soul, a divine and spiritual light in the understanding, a flexion of the will to the will of God, and a settlement of the affections on divine things, and is an implantation of every grace in the heart. External sanctification arises from this, and lies in holiness of life and conversation; and is what is chiefly designed, as appears both by what goes before, and follows after: and this is the will of God; the will of his purpose and decree; for in the same decree that he wills the salvation of any by Jesus Christ, he also wills their sanctification in heart and life, and here and hereafter: and this is his approving will, or what is well pleasing in his sight, being agreeable to his nature, and divine perfections, particularly his holiness, in which he is glorious; and it is his will of command, and what he requires in his law, which is holy, just, and good, and perfectly agrees with the sound doctrine of the Gospel, and the revelation of his will in both. That ye should abstain from fornication : which is particularly mentioned, abstinence from it being a branch of external holiness; and because that this sin was common among the Gentiles, and not esteemed a sin by them; as also to observe to these Christians, that as simple fornication was not to be allowed of, much less other acts of uncleanness, as adultery, incest, sodomy, and the like, which were iniquities that greatly prevailed among the Heathens. The Syriac version renders it, from all fornication; on this subject the apostle enlarges in some following verses.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 1-8 - To
    abide in the faith of the gospel is not enough, we must abound in the work of faith. The rule according to which all ought to walk an act, is the commandments given by the Lord Jesus Christ Sanctification, in the renewal of their souls under the influences of the Holy Spirit, and attention to appointed duties, constituted the will of God respecting them. In aspiring after this renewal of the sou unto holiness, strict restraint must be put upon the appetites an senses of the body, and on the thoughts and inclinations of the will which lead to wrong uses of them. The Lord calls none into his famil to live unholy lives, but that they may be taught and enabled to wal before him in holiness. Some make light of the precepts of holiness because they hear them from men; but they are God's commands, and to break them is to despise God.


    Greek Textus Receptus


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    Vincent's NT Word Studies

    3.
    Fornication. Paul wrote from Corinth, where sensuality in the guise of religion was rife. In Thessalonica, besides the ordinary licentious customs of the Gentiles, immorality was fostered by the Cabeiric worship (see Introduction). About the time of Paul, a political sanction was given to this worship by deifying the Emperor as Cabeirus.

    Robertson's NT Word Studies

    4:3 {Your
    sanctification} (ho hagiasmos humwn). Found only in the Greek Bible and ecclesiastical writers from hagiazw and both to take the place of the old words hagizw, hagismos with their technical ideas of consecration to a god or goddess that did not include holiness in life. So Paul makes a sharp and pointed stand here for the Christian idea of sanctification as being "the will of God" (apposition) and as further explained by the epexegetic infinitive {that ye abstain from fornication} (apecesqai humas apo tes porneias). Pagan religion did not demand sexual purity of its devotees, the gods and goddesses being grossly immoral. Priestesses were in the temples for the service of the men who came.


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