In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 we read:
Quench not the Spirit. (KJV)
According to Strong's, "Quench" is the word 4570 σβέννυμι, which means "I extinguish, quench, I suppress, thwart."
The dictionary definition is:
- to slake, satisfy, or allay (thirst, desires, passion, etc.).
- to put out or extinguish (fire, flames, etc.).
- to cool suddenly by plunging into a liquid, as in tempering steel by immersion in water.
- to subdue or destroy; overcome; to quench an uprising.
With all those definitions, I can have a clue of what Paul wants to communicate there. But looking at this word σβέννυμι in another passages, it seems to me that it have the meaning of "to resist" and I get confused.
So, after all:
- Is there an objective unique meaning of σβέννυμι in this passage?
- What did Paul intend to convey by the phrase "quench the Spirit"?