Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

1 Thessalonians 4:4

Context
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that each of you know how to possess his own body 1  in holiness and honor,

XREF

1Sa 21:5; Ac 9:15; Ro 6:19; Ro 9:21-23; Ro 12:1; 1Co 6:15,18-20; Php 4:8; 2Ti 2:20,21; Heb 13:4; 1Pe 3:7

NET © Notes

tn Grk “to gain [or possess] his own vessel.” “Vessel” is most likely used figuratively for “body” (cf. 2 Cor 4:7). Some take it to mean “wife” (thus, “to take a wife for himself” or “to live with his wife”), but this is less likely. See J. Smith, “1 Thess 4:4 – Breaking the Impasse,” BBR 10 (Fall 2000), who argues that “vessel” in this context is very likely a euphemism for the sexual organs.



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