1 Thessalonians 2:8
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New International Version
so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

New Living Translation
We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.

English Standard Version
So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

Berean Study Bible
We 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.

Berean Literal Bible
So yearning over you, we were pleased to have imparted to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you have become beloved to us.

New American Standard Bible
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

King James Bible
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

International Standard Version
We cared so deeply for you that we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives. That is how dear you were to us.

NET Bible
with such affection for you we were happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

New Heart English Bible
Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way also we cherish and long to give you, not only The Good News of God, but our lives also, because you are our beloved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We felt so strongly about you that we were determined to share with you not only the Good News of God but also our lives. That's how dear you were to us!

New American Standard 1977
Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
loving you so much, that we were willing to give unto you, not only the gospel of God, but even our own souls, because ye are dear unto us.

King James 2000 Bible
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us.

American King James Version
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.

American Standard Version
even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So desirous of you, we would gladly impart unto you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.

English Revised Version
even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.

Webster's Bible Translation
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear to us.

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing that we were thus drawn affectionately towards you, it would have been a joy to us to have imparted to you not only God's Good News, but to have given our very lives also, because you had become very dear to us.

World English Bible
Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

Young's Literal Translation
so being desirous of you, we are well-pleased to impart to you not only the good news of God, but also our own souls, because beloved ye have become to us,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
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. 9Surely you recall, brothers, our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.…
Cross References
Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God,

2 Corinthians 12:15
And for the sake of your souls, I will most gladly spend my money and myself. If I love you more, will you love me less?

1 John 3:16
By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.
Treasury of Scripture

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.

affectionately.

Jeremiah 13:15-17 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken…

Romans 1:11,12 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

Romans 9:1-3 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing …

Romans 10:1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that …

Romans 15:29 And I am sure that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness …

2 Corinthians 6:1,11-13 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you …

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ …

Philippians 1:8 For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels …

Philippians 2:25,26 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for …

but.

Acts 20:23,24 Save that the Holy Ghost witnesses in every city, saying that bonds …

2 Corinthians 12:15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more …

Philippians 2:17 Yes, and if I be offered on the sacrifice and service of your faith, …

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

dear.

Luke 7:2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick, …

Philippians 2:20 For I have no man like minded, who will naturally care for your state.

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

Colossians 1:7 As you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow servant, who is …

Philemon 1:1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon …

(8) So means hero even so, confirming the simile, and is not to be taken in the sense of "therefore."

Not the gospel of God only.--The gospel was, as it were, the milk given to the young converts; but the nursing mothers were ready to let them draw their very life away, so dearly did they love them.

Verse 8. - So being affectionately desirous of you; a strong expression in the original: "being filled with earnest love for you." We were willing. The word denotes a predetermination of the will: "we esteemed it good." To have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls. An evident climax: not only were we willing to preach the gospel of God to you, but more than this, to sacrifice our own lives for your advantage. The word here rendered "souls" denotes lives; and the meaning is that the apostle was willing to submit to death for the sake of the Thessalonians. The plural "we" still implies Paul and Silas and Timothy. The thought is - As a nursing mother not only nourishes tier children, but is also ready to sacrifice her life for them; so the apostle not only nourished his spiritual children with the pure milk of the gospel, but was ready to sacrifice his own life for their spiritual maintenance; thus expressing in the strongest manner the womanly tenderness of the apostle toward his converts. Because ye were dear unto us. So being affectionately desirous of you,.... Not of theirs but them; not of glory from them, nor a maintenance by them, but of their spiritual and eternal welfare; were as fond of them as a nursing mother is of her children, who, when absent from them but ever so little a while, longs to see them; see 1 Thessalonians 2:17 and 1 Thessalonians 3:1,

we were willing: took the utmost pleasure, delight, and complacency:

to have imparted unto you, not the Gospel of God only; the sincere milk of the word, which they did freely, fully, and for their spiritual good and profit, without any regard to any advantage of their own:

but also our own souls, or "lives"; which is the highest expression and strongest proof of love that can be given; and respect is still had to the similitude of the nursing mother, who may be said to impart her blood, for such it her milk diversified, for the nourishment of her children: and such was the great concern of the apostles for the interest of Christ, the spread of the Gospel, and the good of souls, that their lives were not dear unto them, so that these ends might he answered: because ye were dear unto us; both because they were loved by God, redeemed by Christ, regenerated by the Spirit of Christ, and had the image of Christ stamped upon them; and also because that they were their spiritual children; and as children are dear to their parents, so were these to them, even to such a degree, as that, were there a necessity for it, they could freely have laid down their lives for them. 8. So—to be joined to "we were willing"; "As a nurse cherisheth … so we were willing," etc. [Alford]. But Bengel, "So," that is, seeing that we have such affection for you.

being affectionately desirous—The oldest reading in the Greek implies, literally, to connect one's self with another; to be closely attached to another.

willing—The Greek is stronger, "we were well content"; "we would gladly have imparted," etc. "even our own lives" (so the Greek for "souls" ought to be translated); as we showed in the sufferings we endured in giving you the Gospel (Ac 17:1-34). As a nursing mother is ready to impart not only her milk to them, but her life for them, so we not only imparted gladly the spiritual milk of the word to you, but risked our own lives for your spiritual nourishment, imitating Him who laid down His life for His friends, the greatest proof of love (Joh 15:13).

ye were—Greek, "ye were become," as having become our spiritual children.

dear—Greek, "dearly beloved."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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