1 Thessalonians 2:18
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan blocked our way.

New Living Translation
We wanted very much to come to you, and I, Paul, tried again and again, but Satan prevented us.

English Standard Version
because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.

New American Standard Bible
For we wanted to come to you-- I, Paul, more than once-- and yet Satan hindered us.

King James Bible
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So we wanted to come to you--even I, Paul, time and again--but Satan hindered us.

International Standard Version
That is why we wanted to come to you. Certainly I, Paul, wanted to come time and again, but Satan blocked our way.

NET Bible
For we wanted to come to you (I, Paul, in fact tried again and again) but Satan thwarted us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And we wished to come to you, I Paul, once and twice, and Satan hindered me.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We wanted to visit you. I, Paul, wanted to visit you twice already, but Satan made that impossible.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore we would have come unto you, even I, Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

American King James Version
Why we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

American Standard Version
because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we would have come unto you, I Paul indeed, once and again: but Satan hath hindered us.

Darby Bible Translation
wherefore we have desired to come to you, even I Paul, both once and twice, and Satan has hindered us.

English Revised Version
because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Weymouth New Testament
On this account we wanted to come to you--at least I Paul wanted again and again to do so--but Satan hindered us.

World English Bible
because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us.

Young's Literal Translation
wherefore we wished to come unto you, (I indeed Paul,) both once and again, and the Adversary did hinder us;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:17-20 This world is not a place where we are to be always, or long together. In heaven holy souls shall meet, and never part more. And though the apostle could not come to them yet, and thought he might never be able to come, yet our Lord Jesus Christ will come; nothing shall hinder that. May God give faithful ministers to all who serve him with their spirit in the gospel of his Son, and send them to all who are in darkness

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 18. - Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul. Paul distinguishes himself, because in all probability his companions, Silas and Timothy, had been at Thessalonica after he had left it. Once and again. Not used indefinitely, but referring to two separate attempts which Paul made to revisit the Thessalonians. But Satan hindered us; denoting, not the enemies of Christianity, but the devil, the author of all the hindrances in the kingdom of God. Paul here recognizes the personality of Satan, as the author of all evil, the great opponent of God and Christ. We are not informed by what instrumentality this hindrance of Satan took place. It may refer to the various persecutions against Paul, which prevented him returning to Thessalonica, and especially to that persecution raised against him in Beraea by the Jews of Thessalonica (Acts 17:13). In one sense, indeed, the hindrances arose in the way of God's providence, for under its direction all the journeys of Paul were placed, and Satan could not have hindered him from preaching the gospel in any quarter, unless by the Divine permission (comp. Acts 16:7; Romans 1:13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Wherefore we would have come unto you,.... They not only had a will, and purposed in themselves, and entered into some resolutions to come unto them, but endeavoured to put them into execution:

even I:Paul: as well as Silas and Timothy; the latter of which had been with them, and the others had as good a will, and especially Paul: and that

once and again: or "once and twice" so the Jews used (h) to speak , "one time and a second"; that is, several times:

but Satan hindered us. The Syriac and Ethiopic versions read, "hindered me"; by moving the mob which rose at Thessalonica, to go to Berea, and disturb the apostle there; which obliged him, contrary to his will, to go to Athens instead of returning to Thessalonica, as he intended; and when at Athens, from whence also he might purpose to return thither, he was hindered by the disputes the Jews and the Stoics, and Epicurean philosophers, had with him; and after that, might be prevented by the lying in wait of the Jews for him, of which he might be informed; or by disturbances raised in the church, or churches where he was, by the false teachers; which required his stay with them, to oppose and refute error and heresy and to make up differences that arose among true Christians, fomented by Satan and his emissaries; see Romans 1:13. Satan does all he can to hinder the preaching of the Gospel, the hearing of the word, the profession of religion, and the saints coming together, and having spiritual conversation with each other; being, as his name "Satan" signifies, an enemy to Christ and his interest, and to the souls of men: indeed he can do nothing but by divine permission, nor can he hinder the will of God, and the execution of that, though he often hinders the will of man, or man from doing his will; he hindered the apostle from doing what he willed and purposed, but he did not hinder the will of God, which was that Paul should be employed in other work elsewhere.

(h) Maimon. in Hilch. Chobel, c. 5. sect. 10.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

18. Wherefore—The oldest manuscripts read, "Because," or "Inasmuch as."

we would—Greek, "we wished to come"; we intended to come.

even I Paul—My fellow missionaries as well as myself wished to come; I can answer for myself that I intended it more than once. His slightly distinguishing himself here from his fellow missionaries, whom throughout this Epistle he associates with himself in the plural, accords with the fact that Silvanus and Timothy stayed at Berea when Paul went on to Athens; where subsequently Timothy joined him, and was thence sent by Paul alone to Thessalonica (1Th 3:1).

Satan hindered us—On a different occasion "the Holy Ghost, the Spirit of Jesus" (so the oldest manuscripts read), Ac 16:6, 7, forbad or hindered them in a missionary design; here it is Satan, acting perhaps by wicked men, some of whom had already driven him out of Thessalonica (Ac 17:13, 14; compare Joh 13:27), or else by some more direct "messenger of Satan—a thorn in the flesh" (2Co 12:7; compare 2Co 11:14). In any event, the Holy Ghost and the providence of God overruled Satan's opposition to further His own purpose. We cannot, in each case, define whence hindrances in good undertakings arise; Paul in this case, by inspiration, was enabled to say; the hindrance was from Satan. Grotius thinks Satan's mode of hindering Paul's journey to Thessalonica was by instigating the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers to cavil, which entailed on Paul the necessity of replying, and so detained him; but he seems to have left Athens leisurely (Ac 17:33, 34; 18:1). The Greek for "hindered" is literally, "to cut a trench between one's self and an advancing foe, to prevent his progress"; so Satan opposing the progress of the missionaries.

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Longing to Visit
17But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short while-- in person, not in spirit-- were all the more eager with great desire to see your face. 18For we wanted to come to you-- I, Paul, more than once-- and yet Satan hindered us. 19For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?…
Cross References
Matthew 4:10
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.

Romans 15:22
This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.

Philippians 4:16
for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
Treasury of Scripture

Why we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

even.

1 Corinthians 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.

Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace …

2 Thessalonians 3:17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is the token in every …

Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul …

once.

Job 33:14 For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not.

Philippians 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my necessity.

Satan.

Zechariah 3:1,2 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel …

Romans 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that oftentimes I purposed …

Romans 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

2 Corinthians 11:12-14 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

Revelation 12:9-12 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Jump to Previous
Account Adversary Attempts Desired Fain Hinder Hindered Indeed Kept Least Once Paul Reason Satan Stopped Wanted Wherefore
Jump to Next
Account Adversary Attempts Desired Fain Hinder Hindered Indeed Kept Least Once Paul Reason Satan Stopped Wanted Wherefore
Links
1 Thessalonians 2:18 NIV
1 Thessalonians 2:18 NLT
1 Thessalonians 2:18 ESV
1 Thessalonians 2:18 NASB
1 Thessalonians 2:18 KJV

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Bible Apps
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Bible Suite
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Biblia Paralela
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Chinese Bible
1 Thessalonians 2:18 French Bible
1 Thessalonians 2:18 German Bible

Alphabetical: again and but certainly come did For hindered I more once-and Paul Satan stopped than to us wanted we yet you you-I

NT Letters: 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Because we wanted to come to you--indeed (1 Thess. 1 Thes. 1Th iTh i Th) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools

Bible Hub
1 Thessalonians 2:17
Top of Page
Top of Page