1 Thessalonians 2:12
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New International Version
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

New Living Translation
We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.

English Standard Version
we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

Berean Study Bible
We encouraged you and comforted you as we urged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.

Berean Literal Bible
we were exhorting and comforting you and charging unto you to walk worthily of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory.

New American Standard Bible
so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

King James Bible
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

International Standard Version
We comforted and encouraged you, urging you to live in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

NET Bible
exhorting and encouraging you and insisting that you live in a way worthy of God who calls you to his own kingdom and his glory.

New Heart English Bible
we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you to lead a life worthy of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To walk as it is suitable to God, who has called you into his Kingdom and into his glory.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
you should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

New American Standard 1977
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that ye would walk worthy of God, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory.

King James 2000 Bible
That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you unto his kingdom and glory.

American King James Version
That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

American Standard Version
to the end that ye should walk worthily of God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory.

Douay-Rheims Bible
We testified to every one of you, that you would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

Darby Bible Translation
that ye should walk worthy of God, who calls you to his own kingdom and glory.

English Revised Version
to the end that ye should walk worthily of God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory.

Webster's Bible Translation
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you into his kingdom and glory.

Weymouth New Testament
and imploring you to live lives worthy of fellowship with God who is inviting you to share His own Kingship and glory.

World English Bible
to the end that you should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.

Young's Literal Translation
for your walking worthily of God, who is calling you to His own reign and glory.
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
11For you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children. 12We encouraged you and comforted you as we urged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His kingdom and glory. 13And we continually thank God that in receiving the word of God from us, you did not accept it as the word of men, but as the true word of God. And this is the word which is now at work in you who believe.…
Cross References
Genesis 5:22
Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters.

Romans 8:28
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose.

2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 4:1
As a prisoner in the Lord, then, I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling you have received:

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.

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.

2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we should always thank God for you, brothers who are loved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning to be saved by the sanctification of the Spirit and by faith in the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2:14
To this He called you through our gospel, so that you may share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 5:10
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore you, secure you, strengthen you, and establish you.

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.
Treasury of Scripture

That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

walk.

1 Thessalonians 4:1,12 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the …

Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that you walk …

Ephesians 5:2,8 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

Colossians 1:10 That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful …

Colossians 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk you in him:

1 Peter 1:15,16 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

1 John 1:6,7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, …

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

who.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calls you, who also will do it.

Romans 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom …

Romans 9:23,24 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels …

1 Corinthians 1:9 God is faithful, by whom you were called to the fellowship of his …

2 Thessalonians 1:11,12 Why also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy …

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

2 Timothy 1:9 Who has saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according …

1 Peter 1:15 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner …

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

(12) Hath called.--The right reading is, was calling, which has been altered because of the slight theological difficulty, on the analogy of Galatians 1:6, etc. The call is not simply a momentary act, but a continual beckoning upwards, until the privileges offered are actually attained. The Thessalonians at that time, though already by baptism members of the kingdom (Colossians 1:13), were not yet so assured in their new allegiance as to be certain of reaching the full-developed glory of that kingdom. Note again the thought of the Advent.

Verse 12. - That (or, to the end that) ye would walk worthy of God; so as to adorn the gospel of God. So in the Epistle to the Colossians: "That ye would walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing" (Colossians 1:10). Who hath called you; or, as the best attested manuscripts read, who calleth you. To his kingdom and glory. Not to be weakened as if it were a Hebraism for "his glorious kingdom," or "the kingdom of his glory;" but the kingdom and glory are to be viewed as two different objects. "God called you to Ms kingdom," namely, the Messianic kingdom which he has established on earth; and which will be completely realized at the advent. And "God called you to his glory," namely, the glory which is in reserve for all the members of his kingdom. That ye would walk worthy of God,.... In imitation of him; not of his perfections, which are inimitable, but of his works; and these not of his power and wisdom, but those of kindness and beneficence, and of righteousness and holiness; and in conformity to his revealed will, which is good, perfect, and acceptable; and agreeably to his Gospel, that that may be adorned, and not blasphemed; and particularly, in a manner worthy of the calling wherewith saints are called by him: since it follows,

who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory; which instance of the grace of God carries in it many arguments, and lays many obligations on the persons interested in it, to walk in their lives and conversations worthy of God; which may be taken from the nature of this call, which is not a mere external one by the outward ministry of the word, but an internal and effectual one, by the powerful and efficacious grace of God; it is a call of persons out of darkness into light, and therefore it becomes them to walk as children of the light, and honestly, as in the daytime; and from a state of bondage to sin and Satan, unto liberty, and therefore ought not to walk after the dictates of corrupt nature, nor the suggestions of Satan, but after the Spirit of God, who is a spirit of liberty; and from fellowship with the world, and the men of it, to communion with Christ, and therefore should not walk as other Gentiles do, nor run with them in the same excess of riot; in short, such are called with an holy calling, and to holiness, and have in their effectual calling principles of holiness implanted in them, and therefore should be holy in all manner of conversation: moreover, arguments may be taken from the consideration of him that calls, God, who is a holy Being, and therefore as he that hath called them is holy, so should they be likewise; he is the God of all grace that has called them, and he has called them by his grace, and to special blessings of grace, and that according to his sovereign will and pleasure; and has called them the most unworthy, base, mean, and despicable, and not others, which greatly enhances the obligation to walk worthy of him: to which add, that he that calls is God that dwells on high in heaven, and changes not, and such is his call; hence it is styled the high calling of God, and the heavenly calling, and said to be without repentance; and therefore the saints should live and walk as pilgrims and strangers here, and be steadfast and immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord: likewise the consideration of what they are called to should engage them to a becoming walk, being called "to his kingdom"; to the kingdom of grace, which lies in righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, and which cannot be moved, and where they are kings and priests unto God; and unto a Gospel church state, and to all the privileges and immunities of it; and unto the kingdom of heaven, prepared by God for them from the foundation of the world, their Father's free gift to them, of which they are born heirs apparent in regeneration, and have both a meetness for it, and a right unto it; and therefore ought to behave suitable to this high honour and dignity which belong unto them: and this latter sense is the rather to be chose, since it follows, "and glory": or "to his glory", as the Syriac, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions read; to the glory of God, to the beholding of the glory of God through Christ, and the glory of Christ himself; and to a participation of that glory which God has provided, and is in the hands of Christ for them, where it is hid, who when he shall appear, they will appear with him in glory; which will be both upon their souls and bodies; and this will be an eternal glory, a glory that fades not away, and not like the glory of this world, which is transient, and soon passes away, but this will abide for ever; and therefore since the saints are called to the obtaining of this, it is a reason why their conversation should be in heaven now, and as becomes God and his Gospel. 12. worthy of God—"worthy of the Lord" (Col 1:10); "worthily of the saints" (Ro 16:2, Greek): "… of the Gospel" (Php 1:27) "… of the vocation wherewith ye are called" (Eph 4:1). Inconsistency would cause God's name to be "blasphemed among the Gentiles" (Ro 2:24). The Greek article is emphatical, "Worthy of THE God who is calling you."

hath called—So one of the oldest manuscripts and Vulgate. Other oldest manuscripts, "Who calleth us."

his kingdom—to be set up at the Lord's coming.

glory—that ye may share His glory (Joh 17:22; Col 3:4).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.
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