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

New Living Translation
As apostles of Christ we certainly had a right to make some demands of you, but instead we were like children among you. Or we were like a mother feeding and caring for her own children.

English Standard Version
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

Berean Study Bible
On the contrary, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother caring for her children.

Berean Literal Bible
But we were gentle in your midst, as a nursing mother would cherish her own children.

New American Standard Bible
But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.

King James Bible
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Although we could have been a burden as Christ's apostles, instead we were gentle among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children.

International Standard Version
even though as apostles of the Messiah we might have made such demands. Instead, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother tenderly caring for her own children.

NET Bible
although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became little children among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children,

New Heart English Bible
But we were like little children among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But we were meek among you, even as a nursemaid who cherishes her children.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
although as apostles of Christ we had the right to do this. Instead, we were gentle when we were with you, like a mother taking care of her children.

New American Standard 1977
But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But we were gentle among you, as a mother feeding and caring for her children,

King James 2000 Bible
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

American King James Version
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

American Standard Version
But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children:

Darby Bible Translation
but have been gentle in the midst of you, as a nurse would cherish her own children.

English Revised Version
But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

Webster's Bible Translation
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

Weymouth New Testament
On the contrary, in our relations to you we showed ourselves as gentle as a mother is when she tenderly nurses her own children.

World English Bible
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

Young's Literal Translation
But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
6Nor did we seek praise from you or from anyone else, although as apostles of Christ we had authority to demand it. 7On the contrary, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother caring for her children. 8We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.…
Cross References
Galatians 4:19
My children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children.

2 Timothy 2:24
And a servant of the Lord must not be quarrelsome, but he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, and forbearing.
Treasury of Scripture

But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherishes her children:

we.

Genesis 33:13,14 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and …

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs …

Ezekiel 34:14-16 I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of …

Matthew 11:29,30 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in …

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of …

1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made …

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

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the …

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, …

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

as.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of …

Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that you …

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing …

Isaiah 66:13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall …

Acts 13:18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.

(7) Among you.--Rather, in the midst of you, making the gentleness still more marked. "Her," in the Greek emphatically her own. The contrast is drawn between the charlatan, licentious, sophistical, fawning, greedy, vainglorious teachers, to whom Greeks were well accustomed, and the Apostles, sitting familiarly like mothers amidst a group of their own children, folding them for warmth to their bosoms "Keep a mother's heart for men," was the advice which made Henri Perreyve's life so winning (Mditations, p. 87).

Verse 7. - But. The apostle now describes iris conduct positively. We were gentle; a word used of the amiable conduct of a superior toward an inferior, as of a master toward a servant, a prince toward his subjects, or a father toward his children. "The servant of God must not strive, but be gentle toward all men" (2 Timothy 2:24). Some manuscripts read, "We were babes among you" - the difference being only the addition of another letter. Among you; in our intercourse with you. Even as a nurse; or rather, a nursing mother, for the children arc her own. Cherisheth; the word employed for birds warming and cherishing their young. Her children. A stronger expression of tenderness and love could hardly be made. Even as a nursing mother dedicates her life for her infant; so, says Paul, we are willing to dedicate ourselves for you. Some important manuscripts read the verse thus: "But we were babes among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children;" but this arises from an obvious error of the transcriber. But we were gentle among you,.... Meek and humble, mild and moderate; not using severity, or carrying it in a haughty imperious manner; assuming power and dominion, lording it over God's heritage, and commanding persons to do homage and honour to them, and forcing themselves upon them, and obliging them to maintain them. The Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions, instead of "gentle", read, "little children"; as the word signifies, by adding a letter to it, and expresses much the same as the other, that they were harmless and modest, and disinterested; and sought not themselves neither honour nor wealth, but the real good of others, and were kind and tender, and affectionate to them:

even as a nurse cherisheth her children: or "the children of her own self"; her own children, and so designs a nursing mother, one whose the children are, has bore them as well as nurses them, and therefore has the most tender concern for them; she lays them in her bosom, and hugs them in her arms, and so warms and cherishes them; gives them the breast, bears with their frowardness, condescends to do the meanest things for them; and that without any self-interest, from a pure parental affection for them: and such were the apostles to these Thessalonians; they were their spiritual parents, of whom they travailed in birth, till Christ was formed in them; they used them with the greatest kindness and tenderness; they fed them with the sincere milk of the word; they bore patiently all the slighting and ill treatment they met with; and condescended to men of low estates, and did them all the good offices they could, without any selfish views or sinister ends: a like simile is used by the Jews (e), who say,

"he that rises in the night to study in the law, the law makes known to him his offences; and not in a way of judgment, but as a mother makes known to her son, "with gentle words":''

but the ministration of the Gospel is much more gentle.

(e) Zohar in Lev. fol. 10. 2.7. we were—Greek, "we were made" by God's grace.

gentle—Greek, "mild in bearing with the faults of others" [Tittmann]; one, too, who is gentle (though firm) in reproving the erroneous opinions of others (2Ti 2:24). Some of the oldest manuscripts read, "we became little children" (compare Mt 18:3, 4). Others support the English Version reading, which forms a better antithesis to 1Th 2:6, 7, and harmonizes better with what follows; for he would hardly, in the same sentence, compare himself both to the "infants" or "little children," and to "a nurse," or rather, "suckling mother." Gentleness is the fitting characteristic of a nurse.

among you—Greek, "in the midst of you," that is, in our intercourse with you being as one of yourselves.

nurse—a suckling mother.

her—Greek, "her own children" (compare 1Th 2:11). So Ga 4:19.2:7-12 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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