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2 Thessalonians 3

Introduction

1Paul craves their prayers for himself;
3testifies what confidence he has in them;
5makes request to God in their behalf;
6gives them divers precepts, especially to shun idleness, and ill company;
16and then concludes with prayer and salutation.

Verse 1

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:
pray
Matthew 9:38; Luke 10:2; Romans 15:30; 2 Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:19,20; Colossians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 5:17,25; Hebrews 13:18,19
the word
Acts 6:7; 12:24; 13:49; 19:20; 1 Corinthians 16:9; 2 Timothy 2:9
have free course
Gr. run, be.
Psalms 138:2; Acts 13:48
even
1 Thessalonians 1:5; 2:1,13
Reciprocal: Psalm 45:4 - prosperously;  Psalm 90:17 - establish;  Psalm 147:15 - his word;  Isaiah 62:1 - Zion's;  Acts 19:17 - the name;  1 Thessalonians 1:8 - from

Verse 2

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.
delivered
Romans 15:31; 1 Corinthians 15:32; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10; 1 Thessalonians 2:18; 2 Timothy 4:17
unreasonable
Gr. absurd. for.
Deuteronomy 32:20; Matthew 17:17; 23:23; Luke 18:8; John 2:23-25; Acts 13:45,50; 14:2; Acts 17:5; 28:24; Romans 10:16; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 26:24 - let him deliver;  Psalm 97:10 - delivereth;  Galatians 5:22 - faith;  Colossians 4:3 - that

Verse 3

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
the Lord
1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24
stablish
2:17
and
Genesis 48:16; 1 Chronicles 4:10; Psalms 19:13; 121:7; Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4; John 17:15; 2 Timothy 4:18; 2 Peter 2:9; Jude 1:24
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 7:9 - the faithful;  Deuteronomy 28:9 - establish;  Job 36:7 - he doth;  Proverbs 4:26 - let all thy ways be established;  Romans 1:11 - to the;  Romans 16:25 - to him;  1 Corinthians 1:8 - confirm;  2 Corinthians 1:21 - stablisheth;  2 Timothy 2:13 - yet;  Hebrews 10:23 - for;  1 Peter 5:10 - stablish

Verse 4

And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
we have
Romans 15:14; 2 Corinthians 2:3; 7:16; 8:22; Galatians 5:10; Philippians 1:6; Philemon 1:21
that
6,12; Matthew 28:20; Romans 2:7; 15:18; 1 Corinthians 7:19; 14:37; 2 Corinthians 2:9; 7:15; Philippians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:1,2,10
Reciprocal: Judges 13:14 - all that I;  Philippians 4:9 - do

Verse 5

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
the Lord
1 Kings 8:58; 1 Chronicles 29:18; Psalms 119:5,36; Proverbs 3:6; Jeremiah 10:23; James 1:16-18
into
Deuteronomy 30:6; Jeremiah 31:33; Romans 5:5; 8:28; 1 Corinthians 8:3; Galatians 5:22; James 2:5; 1 John 4:19
and into
Psalms 40:1; 130:5,6; Lamentations 3:26; Luke 12:36,37; Romans 8:25; Philippians 3:20,21; 1 Thessalonians 1:3,10; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:28; 2 Peter 3:12; Revelation 3:10,11; 13:10
the patient waiting for Christ
or, the patience of Christ.
Hebrews 12:2,3; 1 Peter 4:1
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 32:22 - guided;  Isaiah 8:17 - I will;  Isaiah 26:8 - we;  Isaiah 61:8 - I will direct;  Luke 21:19 - GeneralRomans 12:12 - patient;  Galatians 5:5 - wait;  2 Thessalonians 1:4 - your patience;  James 1:3 - patience;  James 5:8 - ye also;  2 Peter 1:6 - patience;  Revelation 1:9 - in the;  Revelation 2:3 - hast patience

Verse 6

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
in the
1 Corinthians 5:4; 2 Corinthians 2:10; Ephesians 4:17; Colossians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; 1 Timothy 5:21; 6:13,14; 2 Timothy 4:1
that ye
14,15; Matthew 18:17; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5:11-13; 1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:5; Hebrews 12:15; Hebrews 12:16; 3 John 1:10,11
walketh
7,11; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 5:14
after
10,14; 2:15
Reciprocal: Exodus 18:20 - work;  Leviticus 13:46 - without;  Numbers 5:3 - without;  Proverbs 31:27 - GeneralMatthew 11:1 - commanding;  Matthew 28:20 - them;  Mark 7:5 - GeneralRomans 12:11 - slothful;  1 Corinthians 11:2 - keep;  1 Corinthians 15:1 - which also;  2 Corinthians 2:7 - ye;  Ephesians 4:28 - labour;  Ephesians 5:11 - no;  Philippians 4:9 - which;  1 Thessalonians 4:2 - General2 Thessalonians 3:4 - that;  2 Thessalonians 3:12 - we;  1 Timothy 5:13 - to be;  2 Timothy 2:14 - charging;  Titus 3:10 - reject

Verse 7

For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
how
9; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:6,7; 1 Timothy 4:12; Titus 2:7; 1 Peter 5:3
for
6; 1 Thessalonians 2:10
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 2:6 - General2 Kings 4:7 - pay;  Proverbs 31:18 - her candle;  John 21:3 - I go;  Acts 20:18 - after;  1 Corinthians 9:6 - have;  1 Corinthians 13:5 - behave;  2 Corinthians 7:2 - we have wronged;  1 Thessalonians 1:5 - what;  1 Thessalonians 2:9 - our;  1 Thessalonians 4:11 - to work;  Hebrews 13:7 - whose

Verse 8

Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
eat
12; Proverbs 31:27; Matthew 6:11
but
Acts 18:3; 20:34; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 2 Corinthians 11:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:11
night
1 Thessalonians 2:9
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 2:6 - General2 Kings 5:26 - Is it a time;  2 Kings 6:2 - and take thence;  Nehemiah 5:14 - I and my;  Psalm 104:23 - GeneralProverbs 12:11 - tilleth;  Proverbs 16:26 - laboureth;  Ecclesiastes 3:10 - GeneralJohn 15:25 - without;  Acts 20:31 - night;  1 Corinthians 9:4 - we;  1 Corinthians 9:12 - Nevertheless;  1 Corinthians 9:15 - I have;  1 Corinthians 9:18 - when;  2 Corinthians 11:7 - in;  2 Corinthians 11:27 - weariness;  Colossians 1:29 - labour;  Titus 3:14 - maintain good works;  Revelation 2:3 - hast laboured;  Revelation 4:8 - and they

Verse 9

Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Not
Matthew 10:10; 1 Corinthians 9:4-14; Galatians 6:6; 1 Thessalonians 2:6
to make
7; John 13:15; 1 Peter 2:21
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 19:11 - Why are;  2 Kings 5:26 - Is it a time;  Nehemiah 5:14 - I and my;  Acts 18:3 - and wrought;  Acts 20:34 - that these;  1 Corinthians 4:16 - General1 Corinthians 6:12 - are not;  1 Corinthians 9:12 - Nevertheless;  1 Corinthians 9:18 - when;  1 Corinthians 11:1 - Be ye;  2 Corinthians 11:9 - I was;  Philippians 3:17 - be;  1 Thessalonians 1:6 - ye;  Titus 2:7 - all;  Hebrews 10:24 - consider;  Hebrews 13:7 - whose;  1 Peter 5:3 - but;  Revelation 4:8 - and they

Verse 10

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
when
Luke 24:44; John 16:4; Acts 20:18
that
Genesis 3:19; Proverbs 13:4; 20:4; 21:25; 24:30-34; 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Reciprocal: Genesis 47:3 - What is;  Genesis 47:22 - for the priests;  Exodus 5:17 - GeneralJudges 19:16 - his work;  Proverbs 13:25 - the belly;  Proverbs 14:23 - but;  Proverbs 19:15 - and;  Proverbs 20:13 - Love;  Proverbs 31:13 - worketh;  Matthew 11:1 - commanding;  1 Thessalonians 4:2 - General2 Thessalonians 2:5 - when;  2 Thessalonians 3:6 - after

Verse 11

For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.
walk
working
1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:13; 1 Peter 4:15
Reciprocal: Exodus 5:17 - GeneralMark 7:5 - GeneralMark 8:34 - take;  Luke 16:3 - I cannot;  Acts 17:21 - spent;  Ephesians 4:28 - labour;  Philippians 3:18 - many;  1 Thessalonians 5:14 - unruly

Verse 12

Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.
we
that with
Genesis 49:14,15; Proverbs 17:1; Ecclesiastes 4:6; Ephesians 4:28; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Timothy 2:2
eat
8; Luke 11:3
Reciprocal: Ruth 2:3 - gleaned;  Isaiah 4:1 - We will eat;  Jeremiah 11:7 - I earnestly;  Matthew 6:11 - GeneralActs 15:32 - exhorted;  Acts 17:21 - spent;  1 Corinthians 7:20 - abide;  1 Corinthians 14:3 - exhortation;  1 Thessalonians 2:11 - General2 Thessalonians 3:4 - that;  1 Peter 3:4 - quiet

Verse 13

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
ye
Isaiah 40:30,31; Malachi 1:13; Romans 2:7; 1 Corinthians 15:28; Galatians 6:9,10; Philippians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 12:3
be not weary
or, faint not.
Deuteronomy 20:8; Psalms 27:13; Isaiah 40:29; Zephaniah 3:16; *marg:; Luke 18:1; 2 Corinthians 4:1,16; Hebrews 12:5; Revelation 2:3
Reciprocal: Numbers 29:25 - GeneralJeremiah 45:3 - I fainted;  Luke 17:4 - I repent;  Ephesians 3:13 - ye;  Hebrews 6:11 - we desire;  Hebrews 13:16 - to do

Verse 14

And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
obey
Deuteronomy 16:12; Proverbs 5:13; Zephaniah 3:2; 2 Corinthians 2:9; 7:15; 10:6; Philippians 2:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Philemon 1:21; Hebrews 13:17
by this epistle, note that man
or, signify that man by an epistle.
6; Matthew 18:17; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 5:9,11; Titus 3:10
that he
Numbers 12:14; Ezra 9:6; Psalms 83:16; Jeremiah 3:3; 6:15; 31:18-20; Ezekiel 16:61-63; Ezekiel 36:31,32; Luke 15:18-21
Reciprocal: Leviticus 13:3 - pronounce;  Leviticus 13:46 - without;  Deuteronomy 20:18 - GeneralJob 11:3 - make thee;  Luke 17:4 - I repent;  1 Corinthians 5:5 - that;  2 Corinthians 2:7 - ye;  Ephesians 5:11 - no;  Philippians 3:17 - and mark;  1 Thessalonians 5:27 - that;  2 Thessalonians 2:15 - whether;  2 Timothy 3:5 - from;  Titus 2:8 - may

Verse 15

Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
count
Leviticus 19:17,18; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-10; 10:8; 13:10; Galatians 6:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Jude 1:22,23
admonish
Psalms 141:5; Proverbs 9:9; 25:12; Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 4:14; Titus 3:10; James 5:19,20
Reciprocal: Leviticus 13:3 - pronounce;  Job 13:24 - holdest me;  Matthew 18:17 - let;  Romans 16:17 - mark;  2 Corinthians 2:7 - ye;  Colossians 3:16 - teaching;  2 Thessalonians 3:6 - that ye;  1 Timothy 1:20 - that

Verse 16

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
the Lord of
Psalms 72:3,7; Isaiah 9:6,7; Zechariah 6:13; Luke 2:14; John 14:27; Romans 15:33; 16:20; 1 Corinthians 14:33; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 13:11; Ephesians 2:14-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 7:2; 13:20
give
Numbers 6:26; Judges 6:24; *marg:; Psalms 29:11; 85:8-10; Isaiah 26:12; 45:7; 54:10; 66:12; Haggai 2:9; John 16:33; Romans 1:7; Philippians 4:7-9
The Lord be
18; 1 Samuel 17:37; 20:13; Psalms 46:7,11; Isaiah 8:10; Matthew 1:23; 28:20; 2 Timothy 4:22; Philemon 1:25
Reciprocal: Ruth 2:4 - The Lord;  1 Samuel 25:6 - Peace be both;  Ezra 5:7 - all peace;  Psalm 122:6 - Pray;  Luke 10:6 - the Son;  Luke 24:36 - Peace;  John 20:19 - Peace;  Romans 5:1 - we have;  1 Thessalonians 5:13 - and be

Verse 17

The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
with
1 Corinthians 16:21; Colossians 4:18
the token
1:5; Joshua 2:12; 1 Samuel 17:18
Reciprocal: Mark 14:44 - a token;  2 Corinthians 10:1 - 1Paul;  1 Thessalonians 2:18 - even

Verse 18

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
Romans 16:20,24 Reciprocal: Romans 1:7 - and the Lord;  1 Thessalonians 5:28 - General2 Thessalonians 3:16 - The Lord be;  Revelation 22:21 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/2-thessalonians-3.html.