Comparing 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Whatever happens, give thanks, because it is God’s will in Christ Jesus that you do this.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

Always rejoice, constantly pray, in everything give thanks. For this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
New English Translation (NET)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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Always be joyful. Pray continually, and give thanks whatever happens. That is what God wants for you in Christ Jesus.
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

Always be joyful and never stop praying. Whatever happens, keep thanking God because of Jesus Christ. This is what God wants you to do.
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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