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Verses of 1 Thessalonians 2

17

1 Thessalonians 2:17 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

17. But we, brethren, being taken from you ] bereaved of you (R. V.), or torn away from you; lit., orphaned a word employed in Greek with some latitude the very strongest expression the Apostle could find, occurring only here in the N.T.

for a short time ] Lit., season of an hour, as we say, “an hour’s time.” St Paul expected, when he left Thessalonica, to be able to return very shortly. Meanwhile the apostles felt themselves to be parted from their friends “in presence (or person) not in heart.” The comfort of their parting was the hope of speedy reunion:

“Parting is such sweet sorrow,

That I shall say Good-night, till it be morrow.”

We find from Act 17:10 that it was “the” Thessalonian “brethren” who “sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berœa,” in order to secure their safety. Unwilling to go, the apostles were eager to return:

we … endeavoured the more abundantly ] exceedingly (R. V.): we were the more earnest in our endeavours (because our hearts were so truly one) to see your face, with great desire.

“Face” is identical in Greek with the “presence” of the former clause: they were parted in sight, not in affection; but true affection longs for sight. This “great desire” excited and sustained the apostles’ endeavours. “We longed for the sight of your dear faces, and did our utmost to get back to you:” so in ch. 1Th 3:10, “Night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face.” Such, too, was the love of St John to his friends: “But I hope speedily to see thee; and we will talk mouth to mouth” (2Jn 1:12; 3Jn 1:14). “The spiritual interest of the Apostle about his converts is never for a moment separate from his tender human love for them” (Jowett).

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St Paul’s Present Relations to the Thessalonians. Ch. 1Th 2:17 to 1Th 3:13

The Apostle had been drawn aside in the last paragraph, by a sudden and characteristic burst of feeling, from the main purpose of his letter. To this he now returns. 1Th 2:17 might follow quite naturally upon 1Th 2:12. Having recalled to his readers the circumstances of his arrival at Thessalonica and the manner of his life amongst them, he goes on to speak of the feelings and views which he now entertains in regard to them. And he continues in this vein to the end of ch. 3. He speaks (1) of his great desire to revisit them and the attempts he has made to do so, 1Th 2:17-20; (2) he relates how he sent Tïmothy with messages and enquiries when he found this impossible, ch. 1Th 3:1-5; (3) he expresses his satisfaction at the report Timothy has brought back to him, 1Th 2:6-8; and (4) he repeats his thanksgiving and his longing to see them, with prayers both on this account and for their final acceptance in the day of Christ, 1Th 2:9-13.

We may suppose that St Paul’s enemies, while they set down the preaching of the missionaries in the first instance to base motives (see note to 1Th 2:3), went on to insinuate that the Apostle’s continued absence showed his unconcern for his persecuted followers. (Comp. Introd. pp. 23, 24.) Hence the warmth and energy of his protestations.

Verses of 1 Thessalonians 2

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