1 Thessalonians 1:9
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New International Version
for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

New Living Translation
for they keep talking about the wonderful welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God.

English Standard Version
For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

New American Standard Bible
For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

King James Bible
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God

International Standard Version
For people keep telling us what kind of welcome you gave us and how you turned away from idols to serve a living and true God

NET Bible
For people everywhere report how you welcomed us and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For they relate what an introduction we had to you and how you were turned to God from the worship of idols to serve The Living and True God,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They talk about how you welcomed us when we arrived. They even report how you turned away from false gods to serve the real, living God

Jubilee Bible 2000
For they themselves tell of us what an entrance we had unto you and in what manner ye were converted to God from idols to serve the living and true God

King James 2000 Bible
For they themselves show of us what manner of welcome we had unto you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

American King James Version
For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

American Standard Version
For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.

Darby Bible Translation
for they themselves relate concerning us what entering in we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God,

English Revised Version
For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Webster's Bible Translation
For they themselves show of us what manner of entrance we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God;

Weymouth New Testament
For when others speak of us they report the reception we had from you, and how you turned from your idols to God, to be bondservants of the true and ever-living God,

World English Bible
For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Young's Literal Translation
for they themselves concerning us do declare what entrance we had unto you, and how ye did turn unto God from the idols, to serve a living and true God,
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 9. - For they themselves; that is, the reporters, those in Macedonia, Achaia, and every other place. Show of us; or, report concerning us (R.V.) in regard to our preaching or entrance among you. Instead of questions being asked of us by them, as would naturally be expected, they of their own accord give information. What manner of entering in we had among you. "Entering" here evidently refers, not merely to the outward entrance, the mere preaching of the gospel among the Thessalonians; but to the access, the internal entrance, which the gospel found into their hearts; that is, with what power and fullness of the Holy Ghost we preached the gospel unto you, and with what joy and confidence and contempt of danger ye received it. And how ye turned to God from idols. This, as already remarked, is one of the proofs that the Church of Thessalonica was chiefly composed of Gentile converts, though, of course, not to the exclusion of the Jewish element (Acts 17:4). To serve the living and true God. Two epithets there employed in contrast to the idols of the heathen: "living," in opposition to dead idols, which were nothing in the world; "true," not in the sense of veracious, but of real in opposition to the imaginary gods of the heathen.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For they themselves show of us,.... Either the above reports of the preaching of the Gospel to the Thessalonians, and of their faith in God; or rather the persons to whom these reports were brought, openly and publicly, and largely declared concerning

the apostles, what manner of entering in we had unto you; under what difficulties they laboured, what contention they had with the unbelieving Jews, what reproaches were cast upon them, and what persecutions they endured when they first entered their city and synagogue, and preached the Gospel to them; and in what manner they did preach it, with what boldness, sincerity, uprightness and affection, and without flattery, covetousness, and vain glory; and with what power it came to them, and what success attended it, and how readily, cheerfully, and reverently both they and that were received by them:

and how ye turned to God from idols; immediately and at once, upon the preaching of the Gospel to them, being first turned by the powerful and efficacious grace of God; for the first work of conversion is God's work; then they themselves, under the influence of the same grace, turned to the one God, from their internal idols, their sins and lusts, and from their external idols, their many false and fictitious deities: for the Thessalonians before the Gospel came among them were idolaters; here the "Dii Cabiri", the great and chief gods of the Gentiles, were worshipped; as Jupiter and Bacchus, Ceres and Proserpina, Pluto and Mercury, Castor and Pollux, and Esculapius; these the Macedonians, and particularly the Thessalonians, worshipped with great devotion and reverence (d): but now they turned from them and forsook them,

to serve the living and true God; who is called the living God, because he has life in and of himself, and is the fountain of life to others; from whom all living creatures have their life, and are supported in it by him; and in opposition to the above idols, which were inanimate things made of wood or metal, and were images of men that had been dead long ago: and the "true" God, because he is truth itself, and cannot lie, who faithfully performs all his promises, and is to be worshipped in spirit and in truth; and in opposition to the nominal and fictitious deities of the Gentiles, which were only in name, not in truth and reality, or by nature gods: now though these Thessalonians had before done service to these idols, they now turned from them to serve the one living and true God; not only externally, by embracing and professing his Gospel, submitting to his ordinances, and walking according to the rules prescribed by him; but also internally, in the exercise of faith, hope, love, and every other grace.

(d) Gutherlothus de mysteriis Deor. Cabirorum, c. 15. p. 94, 95. Jul. Firmicus. de errore prof. relig. p. 18.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. Strictly there should follow, "For they themselves show of you," &c.; but, instead, he substitutes that which was the instrumental cause of the Thessalonians' conversion and faith, "for they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you"; compare 1Th 1:5, which corresponds to this former clause, as 1Th 1:6 corresponds to the latter clause. "And how ye turned from idols to serve the living … God," &c. Instead of our having "to speak any thing" to them (in Macedonia and Achaia) in your praise (1Th 1:8), "they themselves (have the start of us in speaking of you, and) announce concerning (so the Greek of 'show of' means) us, what manner of (how effectual an) entrance we had unto you" (1Th 1:5; 2:1).

the living and true God—as opposed to the dead and false gods from which they had "turned." In the English Version reading, Ac 17:4, "of the devout Greeks a great multitude," no mention is made, as here, of the conversion of idolatrous Gentiles at Thessalonica; but the reading of some of the oldest manuscripts and Vulgate singularly coincides with the statement here: "Of the devout AND of Greeks (namely, idolaters) a great multitude"; so in Ac 17:17, "the devout persons," that is, Gentile proselytes to Judaism, form a separate class. Paley and Lachmann, by distinct lines of argument, support the "AND."

1 Thessalonians 1:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Greetings from Paul, Silas and Timothy
8For the word of the Lord has sounded forth from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything. 9For they themselves report about us what kind of a reception we had with you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, 10and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come.
Cross References
Joshua 3:10
This is how you will know that the living God is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."

Acts 14:15
"Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.

1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols.

1 Thessalonians 2:1
You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results.

1 John 5:21
Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.
Treasury of Scripture

For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

what.

1 Thessalonians 1:5,6 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was …

ye.

Isaiah 2:17-21 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness …

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of …

Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods …

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there …

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same …

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like …

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you…

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, …

Galatians 4:8,9 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which …

the living.

Deuteronomy 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living …

1 Samuel 17:26,36 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall …

Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and …

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart …

Isaiah 37:4,17 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom …

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting …

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble …

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of …

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to …

2 Corinthians 6:16,17 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are …

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust …

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication…

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