1 Thessalonians 5:12 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Thessalonians 5:12, NIV: Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you.

1 Thessalonians 5:12, ESV: We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,

1 Thessalonians 5:12, KJV: And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

1 Thessalonians 5:12, NASB: But we ask you, brothers and sisters, to recognize those who diligently labor among you and are in leadership over you in the Lord, and give you instruction,

1 Thessalonians 5:12, NLT: Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord's work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance.

1 Thessalonians 5:12, CSB: Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to give recognition to those who labor among you and lead you in the Lord and admonish you,

What does 1 Thessalonians 5:12 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

The Thessalonian church was a model church in many ways. Its members cherished God's Word, manifested faith, hope, and love, and exhibited a missionary zeal. This led to a stellar reputation in their region (1 Thessalonians 1:8–9). However, these believers were not immune to temptation. Paul recognized the possibility that members of the church might become unreasonably critical of their spiritual leaders, so he instructs them to hold church leadership in high regard. The leaders would include not only pastors but also all who shared leadership responsibilities in the church.

Paul describes the leaders as holding positions of authority and responsibility in the church. The Lord had placed them in these positions and given them the responsibility to warn and instruct the church. Hebrews 13:7 encourages a similar relationship between believers and their spiritual leaders. It commands believers to "remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith."