1 Thessalonians 5:22

22 reject every kind of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 in Other Translations

KJV
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
ESV
22 Abstain from every form of evil.
NLT
22 Stay away from every kind of evil.
MSG
22 Throw out anything tainted with evil.
CSB
22 Stay away from every form of evil.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Meaning and Commentary

1 Thessalonians 5:22

Abstain from all appearance of evil.
] Of doctrinal evil. Not only open error and heresy are to be avoided, but what has any show of it, or looks like it, or carries in it a suspicion of it, or may be an occasion thereof, or lead unto it; wherefore all new words and phrases of this kind should be shunned, and the form of sound words held fast; and so of all practical evil, not only from sin itself, and all sorts of sin, lesser or greater, as the F23 Jews have a saying,

``take care of a light as of a heavy commandment,''

that is, take care of committing a lesser, as a greater sin, and from the first motions of sin; but from every occasion of it, and what leads unto it, and has the appearance of it, or may be suspected of others to be sin, and so give offence, and be a matter of scandal. The Jews have a saying very agreeable to this F24,

``remove thyself afar off (or abstain) from filthiness, and from everything, (wl hmwdh) , "that is like unto it".''


FOOTNOTES:

F23 Pirke Abot, c. 2. sect. 1.
F24 Apud Drusium in loc.

1 Thessalonians 5:22 In-Context

20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt
21 but test them all; hold on to what is good,
22 reject every kind of evil.
23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.