What Did Paul Mean In 1 Thes. 4:3-6?


In 1 Thess. 4, it says let each man find a wife in a way that is holy and honorable. What does he mean let no one take advantage of him in this process? Is it referring to cheating him like Laban did Jacob? Is it adultery or fornication? Or could it be referring to everything?


The Greek language of 1 Thes. 4:3-6 actually says that each man should control his own body (possess his own vessel) in a way that’s holy and honorable. Since verse 3 refers to abstaining from fornication, most scholars believe that verses 4-5 refer to sexual purity, avoiding the deviant sexual behavior associated with the pagan religious rites of the day. And in verse 6 Pauls’ point was that promiscuous sex involves taking advantage of others even when it’s consensual and is therefore wrong in God’s sight.