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1 Thessalonians 5:20 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— despise not prophesyings;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Despise not prophesyings.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— do not despise prophetic utterances.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Despise not prophesyings.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— do not lightly esteem prophecies;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Prophesyings, do not despise,
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— prophesyings despise not;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Despise not prophecies.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Despise not prophecyings:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Prophecy do not despise.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Despise not prophesying.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Despise 1848
{1848} Prime
A variation of G1847 and meaning the same.
<5720> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Imperative (See G5794)
Count - 592
not 3361
{3361} Prime
A primary particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adverbially) not, (conjugationally) lest; also (as interrogitive implying a negative answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirmative one]); whether.
prophesyings. 4394
{4394} Prime
From G4396 ('prophecy'); prediction (scriptural or other).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

1 Thessalonians 5:20

_ _ prophesyings — whether exercised in inspired teaching, or in predicting the future. “Despised” by some as beneath “tongues,” which seemed most miraculous; therefore declared by Paul to be a greater gift than tongues, though the latter were more showy (1 Corinthians 14:5).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-22.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Despise not prophesyings — That is, preaching; for the apostle is not here speaking of extraordinary gifts. It seems, one means of grace is put for all; and whoever despises any of these, under whatever pretence, will surely (though perhaps gradually and almost insensibly) quench the Spirit.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

1 Thessalonians 5:20

Despise not (g) prophesyings.

(g) The explaining and interpreting of the word of God.

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1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
Numbers 11:25-29 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that [was] upon him, and gave [it] unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, [that], when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease. ... And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? would God that all the LORD'S people were prophets, [and] that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
1 Samuel 10:5-6 After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where [is] the garrison of the Philistines: and it shall come to pass, when thou art come thither to the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp, before them; and they shall prophesy: ... And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man.
1 Samuel 10:10-13 And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them. ... And when he had made an end of prophesying, he came to the high place.
1 Samuel 19:20-24 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing [as] appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied. ... And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, [Is] Saul also among the prophets?
Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
1 Corinthians 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having [his] head covered, dishonoureth his head.
1 Corinthians 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
1 Corinthians 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
1 Corinthians 13:2 And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual [gifts], but rather that ye may prophesy.
1 Corinthians 14:3-6 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men [to] edification, and exhortation, and comfort. ... Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
1 Corinthians 14:22-25 Wherefore tongues are for a sign, not to them that believe, but to them that believe not: but prophesying [serveth] not for them that believe not, but for them which believe. ... And thus are the secrets of his heart made manifest; and so falling down on [his] face he will worship God, and report that God is in you of a truth.
1 Corinthians 14:29-32 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge. ... And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
1 Corinthians 14:37-39 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. ... Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
Ephesians 4:11-12 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; ... For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Revelation 11:3-11 And I will give [power] unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. ... And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
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Nu 11:25. 1S 10:5, 10; 19:20. Ac 19:6. 1Co 11:4; 12:10, 28; 13:2, 9; 14:1, 3, 22, 29, 37. Ep 4:11. 1Th 4:8. Rv 11:3.

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