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12 That ye would *walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God ? without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which
ye heard of us, ye received it " not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judæa are in Christ Jesus : for dye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they 6 have of the Jews :
15 Who both ‘killed the Lord Jesus, and their
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* See on Eph. iv. l.
11 Thes. v. 24: Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. 2 Tim. i. 9: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. See on Gal. v. 8.
21 Thes. i. 3.
Gal. i. 22: [I Paul] was unknown by face unto the churches of Judæa which were in Christ.
a See on Acts, xiii. 45.
e HEB. X. 33, 34: Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used. Ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods.
* Acts, ii. 23 : Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. do. iii. 15: And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses. do. v. 30: The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. do. vii. 52 : They have slain them which showed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers.
& Mat. xxii. 34, 37 : Behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and Scribes : and some of them ye shall kill and
own prophets, and have persecuted us ;' and they please not God, and are contrary to all men :
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway : ' for the wrath is come upon them ?0 to the uttermost.
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crucify-and persecute them from city to city. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee. Luke, xii. 33, 34: It cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. 0 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye
would not! See on MAT. xxi. 35. Ést. iii. 8 : Haman said unto king Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad, and dispersed among thepeople in all the provinces of thy kingdom; and their laws are diverse from all people.
LUKE, xi. 52: Woe unto you, Lawyers ! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge : ye enter not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. Acts, xiii. 50 : The Jews-raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts. do. xiv. 5, 19 : There was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them. There came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul. do. xvii. 5, 13: The Jews which believed not, moved with envy-set all the city in an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason.When the Jews of Thessalonica had knowledge that the word of God was preached of Paul at Berea, they came thither also, and stirred up the people. do. xviii. 12, 13 : The Jews made insurrection with one accord against Paul, and brought him to the judgment seat, saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God contrary to the law. do. xix. 9: When divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he [Paul] departed from them. do. xxii. 21, 22: And he said unto me, Depart: for I will send thee far hence unto the Gentiles. And they gave him audience unto this word, and then lifted up their voices, and said, Away with such a fellow from the earth : for it is not fit that he should live.
See on MAT. xxiii. 32. 'Mat. xxiv. 6, 14: Ye shall hear of wars and rumours of
17 But we, brethren, being taken from 11 you for a short time in presence,12 not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly " to see your face 13 with great desire.
18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul,!4 once and again ; but Satan hindered us.
19 For Pwhat is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing ?15 Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ 'at his coming ? 20 For ye are our glory and joy.
CHAP. III. 1 Saint Paul testifieth his great love to the Thessalonians, partly by
sending Timothy unto them to strengthen and comfort them; partly by rejoicing in their well doing ; 10 and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them. WHEREFORE when we could no longer 11 kept from. Co. Cr. Bi. Gen. 12 in person. Bi. Ham. 13 to see you personally. Co. Ma. Cr. " I, Paul, at least. Gen. 15 glorying. A. V. wars. And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
m 2 KINGS, v. 26: Went not mine heart with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet thee? 1 Cor. v.3: I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit. Col. ii. 5: Though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order. nl Thes. iii. 10. • See on Rom. i. 13. p See on 2 Cor. i. 14.
9 Pro. xvi. 31: The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness. Ecclus. xv. 6: He shall find joy and a crown of gladness, and she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
r1 Thes. iii. 13. 1 Cor. xv. 23 : But every man in his own order : Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. Rev. i. 7: Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. do. xxii. 12: Behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me.
forbear, we thought it good to be left bat Athens alone;
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 :
3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions : for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you
before that we should suffer tribulation ; even as it came to pass, and
5 For this cause, when I could é no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, - lest by some
b Acts, xvii. 15: They that conducted Paul brought him unto Athens. «1 Cor. xvi. 10: Now if Timotheus come, see that he
may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do. 2 Cor. i. 19: For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. See on Acts, xyi. 1.
d See on Eph. iii. 13; and 1 Thes. ii. 16.
e John, xvi. 2: They shall put you out of the synagogues : yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. Acts, ix. 16: For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake. do. xiv. 22 : Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. do. xx. 23 : Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me. do. xxi. 11, &c: And when he was come unto us, he took Paul's girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles, &c.
Acts, xx. 24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the Gospel of the grace of God.
& Ver. 1. + Gen. iii. 4, 13: The serpent said unto the woman, Ye
means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.
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: 7 Therefore, brethren, mwe were comforted
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shall not surely die. The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat, 1 Chr. xxi. 1Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. JOB, 1, 7: The Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. (Repeated, do. ii. 2.) Mat. iv. 1: Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. LUKE, xxii.3, 31 : Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot. The Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. John, viii. 44: He was a murderer from the beginning.
When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, and the father of it. do. xiii. 2, 27 :- The devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him. After the sop Satan entered into him. Acts, v.3: Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? 1 Cor. vii. 5: Defraud you not one another, except it be with consent for a time-that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency. 2 Cor. ii. 11 : Lest Satan should get an advantage of us : for we are not ignorant of his devices. do. xi. 3 : I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 1 Pet.v.8: Be sober, be vigilant ; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. . i See on 1 Cor. ix. 24.
Acts, xviii. 1,5: After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth. When Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia.
i Phi. i. 8: God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
m 2 Cor. i. 4: Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to confort them which are in any trouble by the comfort, wherewith we ourselves are coinforted of God.