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2 Thessalonian 3:1 Commentary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Section IV. ( continued). Ch. 2Th 3:1-5

1. Finally ] See note, 1Th 4:1. The chief topic of the letter is disposed of, and the wishes and hopes immediately arising out of it have been expressed. For what remains:

brethren, pray for us ] So in 1Th 5:25 (see note): a frequent request with St Paul addressed to “brethren,” concerned in everything that concerns their Apostle and the Christian cause. Their prayers, desired generally in 1Th, are now to have a more specific object, viz., that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified (R.V.)

On “the word of the Lord,” see note to 1Th 1:8.

This singular metaphor of the running word is probably suggested by Psa 19:5, where the course of the sun is pictured in glowing poetic language “rejoicing as a hero to run a race” (2Th 3:5), while the latter part of the Psalm sets “the law of the Lord” in comparison with his glorious career. St Paul applies 2Th 3:4 of the Psalm in Rom 10:18, with striking effect, to the progress of the Gospel. See also Psa 147:15, “His word runneth very swiftly.” Through “running” the word is “glorified,” and that is true of it which Virgil writes in his splendid lines on Fama ( Aeneid IV. 173 ff.):

“Mobilitate viget viresque adquirit eundo.”

even as it is with you ] Lit., even as also with you. They are to pray that the work of the missionaries may be as successful in Achaia as it was in Macedonia: comp. 1Th 1:5 ; 1Th 2:1. From Thessalonica “the word of the Lord has sounded forth” over all the neighbouring region, and “in every place your faith is gone forth:” might it only be so in Corinth! Reading Act 18:5-11, we gather that St Paul’s work in the Achaian capital was at first discouraging in its results; and it was during the earlier period of his residence there that he wrote these letters (comp. 1Th 3:7-8, and notes).

Section IV. Words of Comfort and Prayer

Ch. 2Th 2:13 to 2Th 3:5

Passing from the last Section, we breathe a sigh of relief, and gladly join in thanksgiving for those who will “prevail to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luk 21:36).

Under the solemn feelings awakened by his contemplation of the image of Antichrist, the Apostle turns to his readers, blending thanksgiving with exhortation and renewed prayer on their account. (1) He renders thanks to God Who had chosen and called them to salvation, 2Th 2:13-14; (2) he urges them to be steadfast, 2Th 2:15; (3) he prays that God’s love may be their comfort, 2Th 2:16-17. In turn he (4) requests their prayers for himself, ch. 2Th 3:1-2; (5) he assures them of God’s faithfulness, and of his own confidence in them, 2Th 2:3-4; and (6) prays once more for Divine guidance on their behalf, 2Th 2:5.

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