1 Thessalonians 2:6
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New International Version
We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority.

New Living Translation
As for human praise, we have never sought it from you or anyone else.

English Standard Version
Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.

King James Bible
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and we didn't seek glory from people, either from you or from others.

International Standard Version
We did not seek praise from people—from you or from anyone else—

NET Bible
nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither do we seek glory from the children of men; not from you, neither from others, when we could have been honored as Apostles of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We didn't seek praise from people, from you or from anyone else,

Jubilee Bible 2000
nor did we seek glory of men neither of you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome unto you as the apostles of Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

American King James Version
Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

American Standard Version
nor seeking glory of men, neither from you nor from others, when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others.

Darby Bible Translation
nor seeking glory from men, neither from you nor from others, when we might have been a charge as Christ's apostles;

English Revised Version
nor seeking glory of men, neither from you, nor from others, when we might have been burdensome, as apostles of Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
Nor from men sought we glory, neither from you, nor yet from others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
nor did we seek glory either from you or from any other mere men, although we might have stood on our dignity as Christ's Apostles.

World English Bible
nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
nor seeking of men glory, neither from you nor from others, being able to be burdensome, as Christ's apostles.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 6. - Nor of (or, from) men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome. These words admit of two meanings. The apostle may refer to his refusal to seek maintenance from the Thessalonians, and in this sense become a burden to them. But such a meaning does not suit the context; and besides: this refusal of maintenance is afterwards alluded to by the apostle. The reference here is not to maintenance, but to glory: we did not seek glory from you, when we might have been burdensome, when we might have done so. Hence the word is to be taken in the sense of honor, importance; when we might have claimed honor. As - in virtue of our character as - the apostles of Christ. Paul does not speak of himself alone, but he includes Silas and Timothy, and therefore the word "apostles" is to be taken, not in its restricted, but in its wider meaning.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Nor of men sought we glory,.... Honour, esteem, and popular applause; for though there is an honour that is due to the faithful ministers of the word, who are highly to be esteemed for their works' sake, and as ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God; and especially there was an honour and glory that belonged to the apostles of Christ as such, who were set in the highest office and place in the church; yet they did not seek after it as the Pharisees and false teachers did, who received honour one of another, and sought not that which comes from God only: but so did not the apostles; they took no steps this way to procure glory and esteem among men, but all the reverse; they preached doctrines which were not of men, nor according to men, nor agreeable to them; and these they delivered in a disagreeable way, not with enticing words of men's wisdom, they did not seek to please men, but spoke and did everything that rendered them mean and despicable in their eyes; so that they looked upon them as the filth of the world, and the offscouring of all things: nor was this any disappointment to them, for to gain the favour of men was not their end and view; they did not seek for glory neither of the men of the world,

neither of you; the church at Thessalonica, and the inhabitants of that place:

nor yet of others; of other men, and churches elsewhere:

when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ: or "have used authority", which was given them, though not for destruction, but for edification; put on a magisterial air, and made use of the apostolic rod; appeared with some severity and rigour, and so have commanded awe, respect, and reverence: or "have been in honour"; insisted upon being treated in an honourable way, as the apostles of Christ, his ambassadors, who were sent and came in his name, and represented his person; and therefore to be received as he himself; though the phrase may rather have regard to an honourable maintenance, as in 2 Corinthians 11:9 which as the apostles of Christ they might have required as their due, but they chose rather to relinquish their right, and labour with their own hands, that they might not be chargeable: and so "glory" in the former clause may mean the same, even great and glorious things for themselves, a maintenance answerable to their high character and office, which they did not seek; but were content with a poor pittance, and such as they could get with their own hand labour; in which sense the phrase, "double honour", seems to be used in 1 Timothy 5:17 as appears by the reason given in the next verse.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. Literally, "Nor of men (have we been found, 1Th 2:5) seeking glory." The "of" here represents a different Greek word from "of" in the clause "of you … of others." Alford makes the former (Greek, "ex") express the abstract ground of the glory; the latter (apo) the concrete object from which it was to come. The former means "originating from"; the latter means "on the part of." Many teach heretical novelties, though not for fain, yet for "glory." Paul and his associates were free even from this motive [Grotius], (Joh 5:44).

we might have been burdensome—that is, by claiming maintenance (1Th 2:9; 2Co 11:9; 12:16; 2Th 3:8). As, however, "glory" precedes, as well as "covetousness," the reference cannot be restricted to the latter, though I think it is not excluded. Translate, "when we might have borne heavily upon you," by pressing you with the weight of self-glorifying authority, and with the burden of our sustenance. Thus the antithesis is appropriate in the words following, "But we were gentle (the opposite of pressing weightily) among you" (1Th 2:7). On weight being connected with authority, compare Note, see on [2443]2Co 10:10, "His letters are weighty" (1Co 4:21). Alford's translation, which excludes reference to his right of claiming maintenance ("when we might have stood on our dignity"), seems to me disproved by 1Th 2:9, which uses the same Greek word unequivocally for "chargeable." Twice he received supplies from Philippi while at Thessalonica (Php 4:16).

as the apostles—that is, as being apostles.

1 Thessalonians 2:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Ministry
5For we never came with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed-- God is witness-- 6nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority. 7But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.…
Cross References
John 5:41
"I do not accept glory from human beings,

John 5:44
How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

1 Corinthians 9:1
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not the result of my work in the Lord?

1 Corinthians 9:4
Don't we have the right to food and drink?

2 Corinthians 4:5
For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.

Philemon 1:8
Therefore, although in Christ I could be bold and order you to do what you ought to do,
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Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.

of men.

Esther 1:4 When he showed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honor of …

Esther 5:11 And Haman told them of the glory of his riches, and the multitude …

Proverbs 25:27 It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own …

Daniel 4:30 The king spoke, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have …

John 5:41,44 I receive not honor from men…

John 7:18 He that speaks of himself seeks his own glory: but he that seeks …

John 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Galatians 1:10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for …

Galatians 5:26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying …

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but …

1 Timothy 5:17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, …

when.

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night …

1 Corinthians 9:4,6,12-18 Have we not power to eat and to drink…

2 Corinthians 10:1,2,10,11 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, …

2 Corinthians 13:10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I …

Philemon 1:8,9 Why, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin you that which …

been burdensome. or, used authority.

1 Corinthians 11:9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.

1 Corinthians 12:13-15 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be …

1 Thessalonians 3:8,9 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord…

as the.

1 Corinthians 9:1,2,4-6 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ …

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