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Bible Commentaries

Milligan on Paul's Epistle to the Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

- 2 Thessalonians

by George Milligan

1:1, 1:2. ADDRESS AND GREETING.

1:3.–2:17. HISTORICAL AND DOCTRINAL.

1:3–12. Thanksgiving and Prayer for the Thessalonians’ State.

Following upon the Address comes the customary Thanksgiving which, while again closely recalling the Thanksgiving of the First Epistle, presents certain independent features. Thus special stress is now laid on the progress of the Thessalonians’ faith and love with the consequent boasting of the writers on their behalf (vv. 3, 4), while the mention of the afflictions from which at the time the Thessalonian Church was suffering is a natural starting-point for an emphatic appeal to the righteous judgment of God, by which the persecuted will be recompensed and the persecutors condemned (vv. 5–10). The whole is crowned by a characteristic reference to the Apostles’ continual intercession for their converts (vv. 11, 12).

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