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1 Thessalonians 3

 

 

Introduction
1Saint Paul testifies his great love to the Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy unto them to strengthen and comfort them; partly by rejoicing in their well-doing;
10and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.

Verse 1
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;
when
5; 2:17; Jeremiah 20:9; 44:22; 2 Corinthians 2:13; 11:29,30
we thought
Acts 17:15

Verse 2
And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
Timotheus
Acts 16:1; 17:14,15; 18:5
our brother
Romans 16:21; 1 Corinthians 4:17; 16:10,11,12; 2 Corinthians 1:19; 2:13; 8:23; Ephesians 6:21; Philippians 2:19-25; Colossians 1:7; 4:9,12
to establish
13; Acts 14:22,23; 16:5; Ephesians 6:22; Philippians 1:25

Verse 3
That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
moved
Psalms 112:6; Acts 2:25; 20:24; 21:13; Romans 5:3; 1 Corinthians 15:58; Ephesians 3:13; Philippians 1:28; Colossians 1:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 4:12-14; Revelation 2:10,13
we are
5:9; Matthew 10:16-18; 24:9,10; Luke 21:12; John 15:19-21; 16:2,33; Acts 9:16; Acts 14:22; 20:23; 21:11,13; Romans 8:35-37; 1 Corinthians 4:9; 2 Timothy 3:11,12; 1 Peter 2:21; 4:12

Verse 4
For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
we told
John 16:1-3; Acts 20:24
even
2:2,14; Acts 17:1,5-9,13; 2 Corinthians 8:1,2; 2 Thessalonians 1:4-6

Verse 5
For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
when
I sent
2,6; Acts 15:36; 2 Corinthians 7:5-7
lest
Matthew 4:3; 1 Corinthians 7:5; 2 Corinthians 2:11; 11:2,3,13-15; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 4:14; James 1:13,14
and our
2:1; Isaiah 49:4; Galatians 2:2; 4:11; Philippians 2:16

Verse 6
But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:
when
Acts 18:1,5
and brought
Proverbs 25:25; Isaiah 52:7; 2 Corinthians 7:5-7
faith
1 Corinthians 13:13; Galatians 5:6; Colossians 1:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 1 Timothy 1:5; Philemon 1:5; 1 John 3:23
and that
1:3; 2:9; 1 Corinthians 11:2; Colossians 4:18; 2 Timothy 1:3; Hebrews 13:3,7
desiring
9,10; 2:17; Philippians 1:8

Verse 7
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:
we were
8,9; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 7:6,7,13; 2 John 1:4
in all
Acts 17:4-10; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; 2 Corinthians 11:23-28; 2 Timothy 3:10-12

Verse 8
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
we live
1 Samuel 25:6; *Heb:; Psalms 30:5; Philippians 1:21
if
John 8:31; 15:4,7; Acts 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 16:13; Galatians 5:1; Ephesians 3:17; Ephesians 4:15,16; 6:13,14; Philippians 1:27; 4:1; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 3:14; 4:14; 10:23; 1 Peter 5:10; 2 Peter 3:17; Revelation 3:3,11

Verse 9
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;
what
1:2,3; 2 Samuel 7:18-20; Nehemiah 9:5; Psalms 71:14,15; 2 Corinthians 2:14; 9:15
for
7,8; 2:19
before
Deuteronomy 12:2,18; 16:11; 2 Samuel 6:21; Psalms 68:3; 96:12,13; 98:8,9

Verse 10
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
Night
Luke 2:37; Acts 26:7; 2 Timothy 1:3; Revelation 4:8; 7:15
praying
11; 2:17,18; Romans 1:10; 15:30-32; Philemon 1:22
might perfect
Romans 1:11,12; 2 Corinthians 1:15,24; 13:9,11; Philippians 1:25; Colossians 1:28; 4:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Verse 11
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.
God
13; Isaiah 63:16; Jeremiah 31:9; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 6:4,6,8,9,14,18,26,32; Luke 12:30,32; John 20:17; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Colossians 1:2; 1 John 3:1
and our Lord
Romans 1:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:16
direct
or, guide. our way.
Ezra 8:21-23; Proverbs 3:5,6; Mark 1:3

Verse 12
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:
the Lord
4:10; Psalms 115:4; Luke 17:5; 2 Corinthians 9:10; James 1:17; 2 Peter 3:18
abound
4:9,10; Philippians 1:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3
love
5:15; Matthew 7:12; 22:39; Romans 13:8; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Galatians 5:6,13,14,22; 2 Peter 1:7; 1 John 3:11-19; 4:7-16
even
2:8

Verse 13
To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
he may
5:23; Romans 14:4; 16:25; 1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17; 1 Peter 5:10; 1 John 3:20,21
unblameable
Ephesians 5:27; Colossians 1:22; 1 John 3:20,21; Jude 1:24
before
at the
2:19; 4:15; 5:23; 1 Corinthians 1:7; 15:23; 2 Thessalonians 2:1
with
Deuteronomy 33:2; Zechariah 14:5; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; Jude 1:14

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 3:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/1-thessalonians-3.html.

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