when, &c. = no longer bearing it, i.e. able to bear it.
no longer. Greek. meketi.
forbear = bear. See 1 Corinthians 9:12.
thought it good = were well pleased. Same as "were willing" (1 Thessalonians 2:8).
Athens. See Acts 17:15, Acts 17:16. When Silas and Timothy joined Paul, he and Silas must have agreed to dispatch Timothy to Thessalonica, and then Silas must have departed on some other mission. See in 1 Thessalonians 3:5 the change from "we" to "I".
fellowlabourer. Greek. sunergos. See 1 Corinthians 3:9. The texts vary here.
to, &c. = with a view to (Greek. eis) establishing.
comfort: or, exhort. App-134.
concerning. App-104., but the texts read huper (App-104.)
no man. Greek. medeia.
moved: or, agitated. Greek. saino. Only here.
afflictions. Greek. thlipsis. See 1 Thessalonians 1:6.
are appointed. Literally lie. Greek. keimai. Compare Luke 2:34. Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:17.
thereunto = unto (App-104.) this.
told . . . before = foretold. Greek. prolego. See 2 Corinthians 13:2.
should = were about to.
suffer, &c. = be afflicted. Greek. thlibo.
came to pass. Add "also".
For this cause = On account of (App-104. 1 Thessalonians 3:2) this.
lest, &c. Greek. me pos.
in vain. See 1 Thessalonians 2:1, and compare 2 Corinthians 6:1. Galatians 1:2, Galatians 1:2. Philippians 1:2, Philippians 1:16.
brought . . . good tidings. App-121. The only place, save Luke 1:19, where euangelizo does not refer to the gospel.
charity = love. App-135.
desiring greatly. Greek. epipotheo. See Romans 1:11.
Therefore. Same as "For this cause", 1 Thessalonians 3:5.
in. Same as "over".
distress = necessity, as 1 Corinthians 7:26.
live. See App-170.
stand fast. Greek. steko. See Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:1.
for your sakes = on account of (App-104. 1 Thessalonians 3:2) you.
exceedingly. Greek. huper (App-104.) ek (App-104.) perissou. Most of the texts read as one word. See Ephesians 3:20.
that we might. Literally for (App-104.) the seeing (App-133.)
that, &c. = the shortcomings. Greek. husterema. See 1 Corinthians 16:17.
in = of.
Jesus Christ. App-98. but the texts omit "Christ" here and 1 Thessalonians 3:13.
direct. Greek. kateuthuno. Here; 2 Thessalonians 3:5. Luke 1:79. Compare euthuno in John 1:23 and James 3:4.
increase. Greek. pleonazo. See Romans 5:20.
love. Same as "charity", 1 Thessalonians 3:6.
we = we also.
To the end. App-104.
stablish Greek. sterizo. See Romans 1:11.
unblameable. Greek. amemptos. See Philippians 1:2, Philippians 1:15.
holiness. Greek. hagiosune. See Romans 1:4.
before. See John 12:37.
coming. Greek. parousia. Compare 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
saints. See Acts 9:13.
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