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

New Living Translation
You yourselves know, dear brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not a failure.

English Standard Version
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain.

Berean Study Bible
You yourselves know, brothers, that our visit to you was not in vain.

Berean Literal Bible
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you has not been in vain.

New American Standard Bible
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,

King James Bible
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our visit with you was not without result.

International Standard Version
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our visit to you was not a waste of time.

NET Bible
For you yourselves know, brothers and sisters, about our coming to you--it has not proven to be purposeless.

New Heart English Bible
For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you was not in vain,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And you know, my brethren, that our introduction to you has not been for nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know, brothers and sisters, that our time with you was not wasted.

New American Standard 1977
For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain,

Jubilee Bible 2000
For you yourselves, brethren, know that our entrance unto you was not vain,

King James 2000 Bible
For yourselves, brethren, know our visit unto you, that it was not in vain:

American King James Version
For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain:

American Standard Version
For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto you, that it hath not been found vain:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For yourselves know, brethren, our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain:

Darby Bible Translation
For ye know yourselves, brethren, our entering in which [we had] to you, that it has not been in vain;

English Revised Version
For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto you, that it hath not been found vain:

Webster's Bible Translation
For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance to you, that it was not in vain:

Weymouth New Testament
For you yourselves, brethren, know that our visit to you did not fail of its purpose.

World English Bible
For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain,

Young's Literal Translation
For yourselves have known, brethren, our entrance in unto you, that it did not become vain,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
1You yourselves know, brothers, that our visit to you was not in vain. 2As you are aware, we had already endured suffering and shameful treatment in Philippi. But in the face of strong opposition, we were bold in our God to speak the gospel of God to you.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 1:9
For they themselves report what kind of welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God

2 Thessalonians 1:10
on the day He comes to be glorified in His saints and regarded with wonder by all who have believed, including you who have believed our testimony.
Treasury of Scripture

For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain:

our.

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

1 Thessalonians 1:3-10 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

2 Thessalonians 3:1 Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have …

in vain.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your …

Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her's: …

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: …

Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for …

Isaiah 65:23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they …

Habakkuk 2:13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor …

1 Corinthians 15:2,10,58 By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached …

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of …

II.

(1) For yourselves brethren, know.--The writers' purpose is practical, not didactic; they there-fore animate their converts with the stirring memories of their conversion. "We need not go to these foreign witnesses for the tale of how we came to you; for you recollect it as if it were yesterday." The "for" (as in 1Thessalonians 1:8) implies "for in fact," "for after all." The thought of 1Thessalonians 1:5; 1Thessalonians 1:9. is here resumed, but with a different purpose: there it was to prove that the work was God's work; here, "to stir up their pure minds by way of remembrance."

Not in vain draws a little too much attention to the result of their coming. It should be, not vain--i.e., not purposeless and idle. This may be seen from the contrast drawn in the following words.

Verse 1. - For yourselves, brethren; in contrast to other persons. Not only do strangers report the power and efficacy of our preaching among you, but you yourselves arc experimentally acquainted with it. Know our entrance in unto you; referring, not merely to the mere preaching of the gospel to the Thessalonians, but to the entrance which the gospel found into their hearts - to its coming, not in word only, but also in power (1 Thessalonians 1:5). That it was not in vain; not empty, useless, to no purpose, - descriptive of the character of the apostolic entrance among them. Our entrance among you was not powerless, unreal; on the contrary, it was mighty, energetic, powerful. The reference is chiefly to the manner or mode in which Paul and his companions preached the gospel, though not entirely excluding the success of the gospel among the Thessalonians (comp. l Corinthians 15:14, "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain"). For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you,.... The apostle having observed in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 that those persons to whom the report of the Gospel being preached at Thessalonica, and the success of it there was made, showed everywhere both what manner of entrance he and his fellow ministers had in that place, and the conversion of many souls there; he enlarges upon the latter, and here reassumes the former, and appeals to the Thessalonians themselves, who must know full well, and better than others, what an entrance it was; and which is to be understood not merely of a corporeal entrance into their city and synagogue, but of their coming among them, by the preaching of the Gospel, as the ministers of the word and ambassadors of Christ:

that it was not in vain; it was not a vain show with outward pomp and splendour, as the public entrances of ambassadors into cities usually are; but with great meanness, poverty, reproach, and persecution, having been lately beaten and ill used at Philippi; nor was it with great swelling words of vanity, with the enticing words of man's wisdom, to tickle the ear, please the fancy, and work upon the passions of natural men, in which manner the false teachers came: but the apostle came not with deceit and guile, with flattering words or a cloak of covetousness, or with a view to vain glory and worldly advantage; nor was the message they came with, from the King of kings, a vain, light, empty, and trifling one; but solid and substantial, and of the greatest importance; the doctrine they taught was not comparable to chaff and wind; it was not corrupt philosophy and vain deceit, the traditions and commandments of men, but sound doctrine, the wholesome words of our Lord Jesus Christ: nor was it fruitless and without effect; the word did not return void and empty; but was powerful and efficacious to the conversion of many souls. Christ was with them both to assist them in their ministry, and to bless it to the salvation of men; nor was their coming to Thessalonica an human scheme, a rash enterprise, engaged in on their own heads, on a slight and empty foundation; but upon good and solid grounds, by divine direction and counsel; see Acts 16:9. CHAPTER 2

1Th 2:1-20. His Manner of Preaching, and Theirs of Receiving, the Gospel; His Desire to Have Revisited Them Frustrated by Satan.

1. For—confirming 1Th 1:9. He discusses the manner of his fellow missionaries' preaching among them (1Th 1:5, and former part of 1Th 2:9) at 1Th 2:1-12; and the Thessalonians' reception of the word (compare 1Th 1:6, 7, and latter part of 1Th 2:9) at 1Th 2:13-16.

yourselves—Not only do strangers report it, but you know it to be true [Alford] "yourselves."

not in vain—Greek, "not vain," that is, it was full of "power" (1Th 1:5). The Greek for "was," expresses rather "hath been and is," implying the permanent and continuing character of his preaching.2:1-6 The apostle had no wordly design in his preaching. Suffering in a good cause should sharpen holy resolution. The gospel of Christ at first met with much opposition; and it was preached with contention, with striving in preaching, and against opposition. And as the matter of the apostle's exhortation was true and pure, the manner of his speaking was without guile. The gospel of Christ is designed for mortifying corrupt affections, and that men may be brought under the power of faith. This is the great motive to sincerity, to consider that God not only sees all we do, but knows our thoughts afar off, and searches the heart. And it is from this God who trieth our hearts, that we must receive our reward. The evidences of the apostle's sincerity were, that he avoided flattery and covetousness. He avoided ambition and vain-glory.
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