Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

1 Thessalonians 3

Verse 1

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".

Verse 2

sent. App-174.

minister. App-190.

God. App-98.

fellowlabourer. Greek. sunergos. See 1 Corinthians 3:9. The texts vary here.

gospel. App-140.

Christ. App-98.

to, &c. = with a view to (Greek. eis) establishing.

comfort: or, exhort. App-134.

concerning. App-104., but the texts read huper (App-104.)

faith. App-150.

Verse 3

no man. Greek. medeia.

moved: or, agitated. Greek. saino. Only here.

afflictions. Greek. thlipsis. See 1 Thessalonians 1:6.

know. App-132.

are appointed. Literally lie. Greek. keimai. Compare Luke 2:34. Philippians 1:1, Philippians 1:17.

thereunto = unto (App-104.) this.

Verse 4

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".

Verse 5

For this cause = On account of (App-104. 1 Thessalonians 3:2) this.

know. App-132.

lest, &c. Greek. me pos.

have. Omit.

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.

Verse 6

brought . . . good tidings. App-121. The only place, save Luke 1:19, where euangelizo does not refer to the gospel.

charity = love. App-135.

always. App-151.

desiring greatly. Greek. epipotheo. See Romans 1:11.

see. App-133.

Verse 7

Therefore. Same as "For this cause", 1 Thessalonians 3:5.

over. App-104.

in. Same as "over".

distress = necessity, as 1 Corinthians 7:26.

Verse 8

live. See App-170.

if. App-118.

stand fast. Greek. steko. See Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:1.

Lord. App-98.

Verse 9

for. App-104.

for. App-104.

for your sakes = on account of (App-104. 1 Thessalonians 3:2) you.

Verse 10

praying. App-134.

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.)

perfect. App-.

that, &c. = the shortcomings. Greek. husterema. See 1 Corinthians 16:17.

in = of.

Verse 11

Father. App-98.

Lord. App-98.

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.

Verse 12

increase. Greek. pleonazo. See Romans 5:20.

love. Same as "charity", 1 Thessalonians 3:6.

toward. App-104.

we = we also.

Verse 13

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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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.