1 Thessalonians 1:6
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New International Version
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

New Living Translation
So you received the message with joy from the Holy Spirit in spite of the severe suffering it brought you. In this way, you imitated both us and the Lord.

English Standard Version
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

New American Standard Bible
You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit,

King James Bible
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and you became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message with joy from the Holy Spirit.

International Standard Version
You became imitators of us and of the Lord. In spite of a great deal of suffering, you welcomed the word with the joy that the Holy Spirit produces.

NET Bible
And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you imitated us and Our Lord, for you received the word in great affliction and in the joy of The Spirit of Holiness.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You imitated us and the Lord. In spite of a lot of suffering, you welcomed God's word with the kind of joy that the Holy Spirit gives.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And ye were made imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word with much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit:

King James 2000 Bible
And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit:

American King James Version
And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

American Standard Version
And ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And you became followers of us, and of the Lord; receiving the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Ghost:

Darby Bible Translation
and *ye* became our imitators, and of the Lord, having accepted the word in much tribulation with joy of [the] Holy Spirit,

English Revised Version
And ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost;

Webster's Bible Translation
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit:

Weymouth New Testament
And you followed the pattern set you by us and by the Master, after you had received the Message amid severe persecution, and yet with the joy which the Holy Spirit gives,

World English Bible
You became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,

Young's Literal Translation
and ye -- ye did become imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:6-10 When careless, ignorant, and immoral persons are turned from their carnal pursuits and connexions, to believe in and obey the Lord Jesus, to live soberly, righteously, and godly, the matter speaks for itself. The believers under the Old Testament waited for the coming of the Messiah, and believers now wait for his second coming. He is yet to come. And God had raised him from the dead, which is a full assurance unto all men that he will come to judgment. He came to purchase salvation, and will, when he comes again, bring salvation with him, full and final deliverance from that wrath which is yet to come. Let all, without delay, flee from the wrath to come, and seek refuge in Christ and his salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Now follows the second reason assigned by Paul for his confidence in their election. And ye became followers (or, imitators) of us, and of the Lord; of Christ. By becoming imitators of the apostle, they became imitators of Christ. "Be ye followers of me," writes St. Paul to the Corinthians, "even as I also am of Christ" (1 Corinthians 11:1). The point of imitation did not consist in their cordial reception of the gospel, for that could not apply to Christ; but in their joyful endurance of suffering. Having received the word in much affliction. We learn from the Acts that the unbelieving Jews stirred up the heathen rabble, and raised a persecution against Paul and his associates, in consequence of which they had to depart from Thessalonica (Acts 17:4-10). It would appear that, after the apostle had left the city, the persecution, far from abating, rather increased, and the Gentile inhabitants united with the unbelieving Jews against the Christians; the Thessalonian converts suffered from their own countrymen as well as from the Jews (1 Thessalonians 2:14). With joy of the Holy Ghost; that is, not merely spiritual joy, or joy in the Holy Ghost, but joy which proceeds from the Holy Ghost - joy which is produced by him, of which he is the Author.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord,.... So far followers of them as they were of Christ, in embracing the Gospel, submitting to the ordinances of it, professing the name of Christ, and suffering for his sake; the Alexandrian copy reads, "of God", and others, "of Christ":

having received the word; the Gospel, the word of truth, peace, and righteousness, and of salvation by Christ; which they received not as the word of man, but of God; and that

in much affliction; referring to the uproar made by the baser sort of people, instigated by the unbelieving Jews, and the trouble they gave to Jason and other brethren, mentioned in Acts 17:1 and this is a considerable commendation of them, that at a time when others were offended and fell off from hearing the word, and a profession of the Gospel, they should receive it, and that

with much joy of the Holy Ghost; not with a carnal joy, or with a mere flash of natural affection, as in the stony ground hearers, and in the Jews, who rejoiced for a while in John's ministry, and in Herod, who sometimes heard him gladly; but with a spiritual joy of the Holy Ghost's producing in them, applying the word with power to them, giving them a spiritual gust of it, and pleasure in it, raising in their souls a joy upon the most solid foundation.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. And ye—answering to "For our Gospel," 1Th 1:5.

followers—Greek, "imitators." The Thessalonians in their turn became "ensamples" (1Th 1:7) for others to imitate.

of the Lord—who was the apostle of the Father, and taught the word, which He brought from heaven, under adversities [Bengel]. This was the point in which they imitated Him and His apostles, joyful witness for the word in much affliction: the second proof of their election of God (1Th 1:4); 1Th 1:5 is the first (see on [2442]1Th 1:5).

received the word in much affliction—(1Th 2:14; 3:2-5; Ac 17:5-10).

joy of—that is, wrought by "the Holy Ghost." "The oil of gladness" wherewith the Son of God was "anointed above His fellows" (Ps 45:7), is the same oil with which He, by the Spirit, anoints His fellows too (Isa 61:1, 3; Ro 14:17; 1Jo 2:20, 27).

1 Thessalonians 1:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy
5for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.…
Cross References
Acts 13:52
And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Acts 17:5
But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason's house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.

1 Corinthians 4:16
Therefore I urge you to imitate me.

1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:2
I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.

2 Corinthians 6:10
sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

Galatians 5:22
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

1 Thessalonians 2:14
For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own people the same things those churches suffered from the Jews

2 Thessalonians 3:7
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with you,

2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction.
Treasury of Scripture

And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost.

ye.

1 Thessalonians 2:14 For you, brothers, became followers of the churches of God which …

1 Corinthians 4:16 Why I beseech you, be you followers of me.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be you followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves …

Philippians 3:17 Brothers, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so …

2 Thessalonians 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample …

and of.

Matthew 16:24 Then said Jesus to his disciples, If any man will come after me, …

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: …

John 13:13-15 You call me Master and Lord: and you say well; for so I am…

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

1 Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good?

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He …

received.

1 Thessalonians 2:13,14 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

1 Thessalonians 3:2-4 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

Hosea 2:14 Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, …

Mark 10:29-30 And Jesus answered and said, Truly I say to you, There is no man …

Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

2 Corinthians 8:1,2 Moreover, brothers, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed …

2 Thessalonians 1:4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your …

with joy.

John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, …

Acts 5:41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that …

Acts 9:31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and …

Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.

Romans 5:3-5 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that …

Romans 8:16-18 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

Hebrews 10:34 For you had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling …

1 Peter 1:6,8 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, …

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