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1 Thessalonians 4:5

    1 Thessalonians 4:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Not in the passion of evil desires, like the Gentiles, who have no knowledge of God;

    Webster's Revision

    not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God;

    World English Bible

    not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who don't know God;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles which know not God;

    Definitions for 1 Thessalonians 4:5

    Concupiscence - Strong desire; passion.
    Gentiles - A people; nations other than Israel.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 4:5

    Not in the lust of concupiscence - Having no rational object, aim, nor end. Some say, "not like beasts;" but this does not apply as they who use it wish, for the males and females of the brute creation are regular and consistent in their intercourse, and scarcely ever exceed such bounds as reason itself would prescribe to those most capable of observing and obeying its dictates.

    The Gentiles which know not God - These are the beasts; their own brutes are rational creatures when compared with them. Enough has been said on this subject on Romans 1, and 2: They who wish to see more may consult Juvenal, and particularly his 6th and 9th Satires; and indeed all the writers on Greek and Roman morals.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Thessalonians 4:5

    Not in the lust of concupiscence - In gross gratifications.

    Even as the Gentiles - This was, and is, a common vice among the pagan; see the Acts 15:20 note; Romans 1:29 note; Ephesians 4:17-18 notes, and the reports of missionaries everywhere.

    Which know not God - See the Romans 1:21, Romans 1:28 notes; Ephesians 2:12 note.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Thessalonians 4:5

    4:5 Not in passionate desire - Which had no place in man when in a state of innocence. Who know not God - And so may naturally seek happiness in a creature. What seemingly accidental words slide in; and yet how fine, and how vastly important!