1 Thessalonians 2:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

New Living Translation
And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children.

English Standard Version
For you know how, like a father with his children,

New American Standard Bible
just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

King James Bible
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
As you know, like a father with his own children,

International Standard Version
You know very well that we treated each of you the way a father treats his children.

NET Bible
As you know, we treated each one of you as a father treats his own children,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Just as you know that we have been like a father to each one of you, pleading with his children, and we comfort your hearts and charge you

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You know very well that we treated each of you the way a father treats his children. We comforted you and encouraged you. Yet, we insisted that

Jubilee Bible 2000
as ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father with his children,

King James 2000 Bible
As you know how we exhorted and encouraged and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

American King James Version
As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

American Standard Version
as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his own children, exhorting you, and encouraging you , and testifying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
As you know in what manner, entreating and comforting you, (as a father doth his children,)

Darby Bible Translation
as ye know how, as a father his own children, we used to exhort each one of you, and comfort and testify,

English Revised Version
as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his own children, exhorting you, and encouraging you, and testifying,

Webster's Bible Translation
As ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

Weymouth New Testament
For you know that we acted towards every one of you as a father does towards his own children, encouraging and cheering you,

World English Bible
As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children,

Young's Literal Translation
even as ye have known, how each one of you, as a father his own children, we are exhorting you, and comforting, and testifying,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:7-12 Mildness and tenderness greatly recommend religion, and are most conformable to God's gracious dealing with sinners, in and by the gospel. This is the way to win people. We should not only be faithful to our calling as Christians, but in our particular callings and relations. Our great gospel privilege is, that God has called us to his kingdom and glory. The great gospel duty is, that we walk worthy of God. We should live as becomes those called with such a high and holy calling. Our great business is to honour, serve, and please God, and to seek to be worthy of him.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children. The translation of this verse is somewhat faulty; it ought to be, as in the R.V., as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his own children, exhorting you, and encouraging you, and testifying. Paul here changes the image from that of a nursing mother to that of a father; because then he was speaking of his tender care for his converts, whereas here he speaks of the instructions and admonitions which he gave them; as a mother he nourished their spiritual life, and as a father he superintended their spiritual education. "Exhorting and comforting and charging;" representing three modes of the apostle's instructions: "exhorting" denotes also encouraging and consoling; "comforting" denotes supporting and sustaining ("Comfort the feeble minded," 1 Thessalonians 5:14); and "charging" denotes testifying or protesting - a solemn pressing home of the exhortation to the hearers.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As you know,.... This is added to the end of the last verse in the Arabic version, and which begins this verse thus, "as one of you, and as a father comforting his sons, so we", &c. but for what is said in the former verse, an appeal is made both to God and to the Thessalonians, so that there is no need of adding such a clause there; it properly stands here in connection with what follows,

how we exhorted; to flee from wrath to come, and to Christ for refuge; to look to, and believe in him, as the only Saviour of lost sinners; to perform the duties of religion, and to continue in the faith; to cleave to Christ, and walk on in him as they had received him, and to abide by the truths and ordinances of the Gospel they had embraced:

and comforted; under a sense of sin, with the soul comforting doctrines of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, of full pardon by his blood, and of a plenary satisfaction and atonement by his sacrifice; and under all their afflictions and persecutions for the sake of Christ, with exceeding great and precious promises of the presence, grace, and strength of Christ here, and glory hereafter:

and charged everyone of you; not only publicly, but privately, going from house to house; not in an austere and domineering way, but with the greatest tenderness, and yet faithfulness: even

as a father doth his children; not only in an authoritative, but in an affectionate way, and also with solid wisdom and judgment; for in such a relation, in a Spiritual sense, did the apostle and his fellow ministers stand in to them; see 1 Corinthians 4:15 and the substance of the charge is as follows:

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. exhorted and comforted—Exhortation leads one to do a thing willingly; consolation, to do it joyfully [Bengel], (1Th 5:14). Even in the former term, "exhorted," the Greek includes the additional idea of comforting and advocating one's cause: "encouragingly exhorted." Appropriate in this case, as the Thessalonians were in sorrow, both through persecutions, and also through deaths of friends (1Th 4:13).

charged—"conjured solemnly," literally, "testifying"; appealing solemnly to you before God.

every one of you—in private (Ac 20:20), as well as publicly. The minister, if he would be useful, must not deal merely in generalities, but must individualize and particularize.

as a father—with mild gravity. The Greek is, "his own children."

1 Thessalonians 2:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Ministry
10You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you believers; 11just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children, 12so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.…
Cross References
Luke 16:28
for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

1 Corinthians 4:14
I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.

1 Thessalonians 2:7
Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,

1 Thessalonians 4:6
and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

have.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Why comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also you do.

Acts 20:2 And when he had gone over those parts, and had given them much exhortation, …

2 Thessalonians 3:12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Timothy 6:2 And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, …

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

Titus 2:6,9,15 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded…

Hebrews 13:22 And I beseech you, brothers, suffer the word of exhortation: for …

charged.

Numbers 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; …

Deuteronomy 3:28 But charge Joshua, and encourage him, and strengthen him: for he …

Deuteronomy 31:14 And the LORD said to Moses, Behold, your days approach that you must …

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you from now …

1 Timothy 5:7,21 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless…

1 Timothy 6:13,17 I give you charge in the sight of God, who vivifies all things, and …

2 Timothy 4:1 I charge you therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who …

as.

Genesis 50:16,17 And they sent a messenger to Joseph, saying, Your father did command …

1 Chronicles 22:11-13 Now, my son, the LORD be with you; and prosper you, and build the …

1 Chronicles 28:9,20 And you, Solomon my son, know you the God of your father, and serve …

Psalm 34:11 Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Proverbs 1:10,15 My son, if sinners entice you, consent you not…

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you will receive my words, and hide my commandments with you;

Proverbs 3:1 My son, forget not my law; but let your heart keep my commandments:

Proverbs 4:1-12 Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know …

Proverbs 5:1,2 My son, attend to my wisdom, and bow your ear to my understanding…

Proverbs 6:1 My son, if you be surety for your friend, if you have stricken your …

Proverbs 7:1,24 My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with you…

Proverbs 31:1-9 The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him…

1 Corinthians 4:14,15 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you…

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