1 Thessalonians 2:19
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New International Version
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?

New Living Translation
After all, what gives us hope and joy, and what will be our proud reward and crown as we stand before our Lord Jesus when he returns? It is you!

English Standard Version
For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?

New American Standard Bible
For 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?

King James Bible
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For who is our hope or joy or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?

International Standard Version
After all, who is our hope, joy, or reason for rejoicing in the presence of our Lord Jesus at his coming? It is you, isn't it?

NET Bible
For who is our hope or joy or crown to boast of before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not of course you?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For what is our hope and our joy and the crown of our glory, but you alone, before our Lord Yeshua at his coming?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is our hope, joy, or prize that we can brag about in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Isn't it you?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what is our hope or joy or crown of rejoicing? Is it not you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

King James 2000 Bible
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

American King James Version
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

American Standard Version
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glory? Are not you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

Darby Bible Translation
For what [is] our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting? [are] not *ye* also before our Lord Jesus at his coming?

English Revised Version
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?

Webster's Bible Translation
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

Weymouth New Testament
For what is our hope or joy, or the crown of which we boast? Is it not you yourselves in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His Coming?

World English Bible
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you, before our Lord Jesus at his coming?

Young's Literal Translation
for what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? are not even ye before our Lord Jesus Christ in his presence?
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 19. - For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? or, glorying. The apostle calls the Thessalonians his "hope," not because he anticipates any reward from their conversion, or because their conversion would counterbalance his former persecution of the Christians, but because he hoped to meet them in glory; he calls them his "joy," because he would rejoice with them in their final salvation; and he calls them his "crown of rejoicing," because he regards them as trophies of the victory of the gospel which he preached. Similarly he calls the Philippians "his joy and crown" (Philippians 4:1). Are not even ye; or rather, are not ye also? - ye as well as other Christians? In the presence of - before - our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming; at the restoration of his Messianic kingdom.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For what is our hope, or joy,.... The apostle here gives a reason why they were so concerned at parting with the Thessalonians, and were so desirous of seeing them again, and attempted it so often, cause they were their "hope"; not the foundation of it, which was Christ; nor the thing hoped for, which was eternal life; nor the ground of their hope, which was the blood, righteousness, and sacrifice of Christ; but they were persons whom they hoped well of, and of whom their hope was steadfast; as of their election of God, of their redemption by Christ, of their effectual calling, of their perseverance in faith and holiness, notwithstanding all reproach and persecution; and of meeting the Lord, and being together with him for ever: and they were also their "joy"; their conversion was a matter of joy to them, because of the glory of God, Father, Son, and Spirit, displayed therein; because of the abundant grace bestowed on these persons; and because that hereby the kingdom of Satan was weakened, and the kingdom of Christ enlarged and his churches increased and beautified; and their own ministry was blessed and confirmed, and their hearts and hands strengthened, and they encouraged to go on in it: and they continued to be their joy, inasmuch as they stood fast in the Lord, walked on in the truth, and had their conversations as became the Gospel of Christ; and they were persuaded would be their joy hereafter, at the second coming of Christ; when they should give up their account of them with joy, and not with grief: and it is added,

or crown of rejoicing; or of "glorying", or "boasting"; not that they gloried in them, for they gloried not in men, but in the Lord, in his righteousness, riches, wisdom, strength, and grace, in the person, blood, and cross of Christ; but they gloried of them, as trophies of divine grace, as a prey taken out of the hand of the mighty, and as lawful captives delivered from the power of Satan, and of darkness, and translated into the kingdom of Christ. The Alexandrian copy reads, as we render it,

crown of rejoicing: which is but a stronger phrase, to press the joy they had in their conversion and perseverance, in allusion to crowns wore at times of rejoicing, as at marriage feasts, and the like: hence we read (i) of the crowns of the bridegrooms, and of the brides, which were forbidden the use of in the war of Vespasian; the latter were made of gold, in the form of the city of Jerusalem, and from thence called golden cities (k); and the former, some say, were made of salt and sulphur, to put them in mind of the destruction of the Sodomites, for their unnatural lusts (l); others of a salt stone as clear as crystal, or of the stone Bdellium, painted in the colour of sulphur (m); and some were made of myrtles and roses, but in the war of Vespasian only those made of reeds were used (n); these crowns at weddings seem to be the "beautiful crowns" in Ezekiel 23:42 where the Septuagint use the same phrase as here, , "a crown of rejoicing", or "glorying": the Hebrew phrase , may be rendered "a crown of glory", as the phrase here is by the Vulgate Latin and Arabic versions; but does not mean the crown of glory, life, righteousness, and immortality, the apostle expected at the hands of Christ another day; nor that his being an instrument of the conversion of these persons was the ground of such an expectation, or was what entitled him to such a crown; since he knew that conversion work was owing to the powerful grace of God, and the crown of eternal life was his free gift; but that it would be an honour to him, and give him abundant joy and pleasure at the coming of Christ, to be encircled with such a number of souls he had been useful to, and who were his spiritual children; just as children's children are the crown of old men, Proverbs 17:6 all this is put by way of question, which strongly affirms,

are not even ye; or "ye also", as well as others, as the Corinthians and Philippians; see 2 Corinthians 1:7.

In the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? to judge the quick and dead, when both they and these should meet him, and stand before him with confidence, being clothed with his righteousness, and clad with robes of immortality and glory.

(i) Misna Sota. c. 9. sect. 14. (k) Maimon. in Misna Sota, & in Sabbat, c. 6. sect. 1.((l) Ez Hechaim M. S. apud Wagenseil in Sota ib. (m) Bartenora in Misna Sota, c. 9. sect. 14. (n) T. Bab. Sota, fol. 49. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. For—giving the reason for his earnest desire to see them.

Are not even ye in the presence of … Christ—"Christ" is omitted in the oldest manuscripts. Are not even ye (namely, among others; the "even" or "also," implies that not they alone will be his crown) our hope, joy, and crown of rejoicing before Jesus, when He shall come (2Co 1:14; Php 2:16; 4:1)? The "hope" here meant is his hope (in a lower sense), that these his converts might be found in Christ at His advent (1Th 3:13). Paul's chief "hope" was Jesus Christ (1Ti 1:1).

1 Thessalonians 2:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Longing to Visit
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? 20For you are our glory and joy.
Cross References
Isaiah 62:3
You will be a crown of splendor in the LORD's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Matthew 16:27
For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father's glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

Mark 8:38
If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."

John 21:22
Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."

1 Corinthians 15:23
But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!

1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

1 Thessalonians 4:15
According to the Lord's word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 1:4
Therefore, among God's churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 2:1
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters,

James 5:7
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains.

James 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near.

2 Peter 1:16
For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 Peter 3:4
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."

1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.
Treasury of Scripture

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

our hope.

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, …

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

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

crown.

Proverbs 4:9 She shall give to your head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory …

Proverbs 12:4 A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that makes ashamed …

Proverbs 16:13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings; and they love him that speaks right.

Proverbs 17:6 Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children …

Isaiah 62:3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a …

1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, you shall receive a crown …

Revelation 4:10,11 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, …

rejoicing. or, glorying.

1 Thessalonians 2:20 For you are our glory and joy.

Romans 15:16-19 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering …

in.

1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before …

1 Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly…

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward …

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also you have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, …

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

Philippians 4:1 Therefore, my brothers dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and …

2 Thessalonians 1:7-12 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall …

2 Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brothers, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, …

1 Timothy 6:14,15 That you keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the …

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

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

1 John 2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, …

our Lord.

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

at.

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they …

Revelation 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every …

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