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1 Thessalonians 5:27

    1 Thessalonians 5:27 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    I charge you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    I adjure you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brethren.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    I give orders in the name of the Lord that all the brothers are to be present at the reading of this letter.

    Webster's Revision

    I adjure you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brethren.

    World English Bible

    I solemnly command you by the Lord that this letter be read to all the holy brothers.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    I adjure you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brethren.

    Definitions for 1 Thessalonians 5:27

    Epistle - A Hebrew measurement.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:27

    I charge you by the Lord, that this epistle be read - There must have been some particular reason for this solemn charge; he certainly had some cause to suspect that the epistle would be suppressed in some way or other, and that the whole Church would not be permitted to hear it; or he may refer to the smaller Churches contiguous to Thessalonica, or the Churches in Macedonia in general, whom he wished to hear it, as well as those to whom it was more immediately directed. There is no doubt that the apostles designed that their epistles should be copied, and sent to all the Churches in the vicinity of that to which they were directed. Had this not been the case, a great number of Churches would have known scarcely any thing of the New Testament. As every Jewish synagogue had a copy of the law and the prophets, so every Christian Church had a copy of the gospels and the epistles, which were daily, or at least every Sabbath, read for the instruction of the people. This the apostle deemed so necessary, that he adjured them by the Lord to read this epistle to all the brethren; i.e. to all the Christians in that district. Other Churches might get copies of it; and thus, no doubt, it soon became general. In this way other parts of the sacred writings were disseminated through all the Churches of the Gentiles; and the errors of the different scribes, employed to take copies, constituted what are now called the various readings.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Thessalonians 5:27

    I charge you by the Lord - Margin, "adjure." Greek, "I put you under oath by the Lord" - ενορκίζω ὑμᾶς τὸν Κύριον enorkizō humas ton Kurion. It is equivalent to binding persons by an oath; see the notes on Matthew 26:63; compare Genesis 21:23-24; Genesis 24:3, Genesis 24:37.

    That this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren - To all the church; compare notes on Colossians 4:16. The meaning is, that the Epistle was to be read to the whole church on some occasion. on which it was assembled together. It was not merely designed for the individual or individuals into whose hands it might happen to fall, but as it contained matters of common interest, and was designed for the whole body of believers at Thessalonica, the apostle gives a solemn charge that it should not be suppressed or kept from them. Injunctions of this kind occurring in the Epistles, look as if the apostles regarded themselves as under the influence of inspiration, and as having authority to give infallible instructions to the churches.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Thessalonians 5:27

    5:27 I charge you by the Lord - Christ, to whom proper divine worship is here paid. That this epistle - The first he wrote. Be read to all the brethren - That is, in all the churches. They might have concealed it out of modesty, had not this been so solemnly enjoined: but what Paul commands under so strong an adjuration, Rome forbids under pain of excommunication.