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21 but be testing all things. Be holding-on-to the good[a], 22 be abstaining from every form[b] of evil.

23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[c] you wholly[d]. And may your whole[e] spirit and soul and body be preserved[f] blamelessly at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 That is, the beautiful, commendable, praiseworthy.
  2. 1 Thessalonians 5:22 Or, outward appearance; or, kind, species, class, sort.
  3. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Or, make you wholly holy.
  4. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Or, through and through, in every part, altogether.
  5. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Or, taking this with the verb, complete, sound, intact: ‘May your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete’ (it would have Paul’s emphasis).
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:23 Or, kept, guarded, protected.

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