1 Thessalonians 3:11
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.

New Living Translation
May God our Father and our Lord Jesus bring us to you very soon.

English Standard Version
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you,

Berean Study Bible
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.

Berean Literal Bible
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.

New American Standard Bible
Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;

King James Bible
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.

International Standard Version
Now may our God and Father and our Lord Jesus provide a way for us to visit you.

NET Bible
Now may God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.

New Heart English Bible
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But God Our Father and our Lord Yeshua The Messiah shall direct our way to you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus will guide us to you.

New American Standard 1977
Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now may God himself and our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ direct our way unto you.

King James 2000 Bible
Now God himself even our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

American King James Version
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.

American Standard Version
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.

Darby Bible Translation
But our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.

English Revised Version
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you:

Webster's Bible Translation
Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.

Weymouth New Testament
But may our God and Father Himself--and our Lord Jesus--guide us on our way to you;

World English Bible
Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you;

Young's Literal Translation
And our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you,
Study Bible
Timothy's Encouraging Report
10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking from your faith. 11Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone else, just as our love for you overflows,…
Cross References
Galatians 1:4
who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,

1 Thessalonians 3:13
so that He may establish your hearts in blamelessness and holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.

1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise.

1 Thessalonians 5:23
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your entire spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:16
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who by grace has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope,

2 Thessalonians 3:5
May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.

2 Thessalonians 3:16
Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

Revelation 21:3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.
Treasury of Scripture

Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you.

God.

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

Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and …

Jeremiah 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Matthew 6:4,6,8,9,14,18,26,32 That your alms may be in secret: and your Father which sees in secret …

Luke 12:30,32 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and …

John 20:17 Jesus said to her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my …

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, …

Colossians 1:2 To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ which are at Colosse: …

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we …

and our Lord. See on

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed …

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

direct. or, guide. our way.

Ezra 8:21-23 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might …

Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not to your own understanding…

Mark 1:3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of …

(11) God himself and our Father.--Better, our God and Father Himself. If we are to find any special person with whom the word "Himself" is intended to enforce a contrast, the contrast is probably not so much with the baffled efforts of St. Paul, as with Satan, who had hindered the journey. But the word is probably added without such specific reference: "May God Himself direct us; for in that case who could hinder?"

And our Lord . . .--An important theological passage. From the use of the singular in the verb "direct" (which of course the English cannot express), some divines argue in favour of the Catholic doctrine of "homosion," or substantial unity of the Son with the Father: it must not, however, be too strongly pressed, or it might otherwise lead to the false notion of a personal unity between Them. Nevertheless, we may admit that the prayer (or, rather, wish) implies the equality of the two Persons, and that it would have been inconceivable for a Catholic Christian to have used the verb in the plural. (See 2Thessalonians 2:17.)

Verse 11. - Now God himself and our Father; or, as we would express it according to the English idiom, God himself, our Father, omitting the conjunction. And our Lord Jesus Christ. Some suppose that the three Divine Persons of the sacred Trinity are here expressly named: God the Holy Ghost, and the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ; but the words in the original will not bear this sense: "God himself and our Father" is the same Divine Person. Direct. It is to be observed that the verb "direct" is in the Greek in the singular, thus denoting a unity between God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. At all events, we have an express prayer directed to Christ, thus necessarily implying his Divine nature. Our way unto you. Now God himself, and our Father,.... The Oriental versions leave out the copulative "and", and read, "God himself, our Father" the first person in the Trinity, who is God himself, truly and properly so; and who is a God that hears prayer; and who is omnipotent, and able to do more than the saints can ask or think; and omniscient, and knows their persons and cases, and what is proper for them, and how and when to help and supply them; and he is also the God of all grace, the author and giver of it, and who is able to make it abound, and increase it, and so a very proper object of prayer: and who is likewise the Father of Christ, and of all the saints, not only by creation, in which sense he is the Father of all men, but by adopting grace; and which is mentioned to encourage freedom and boldness in prayer, which children may use with a father, and to raise an expectation of succeeding and receiving an answer; for if earthly parents hear their children, and give good things to them, how much more will not our heavenly Father give his Holy Spirit, and all other good gifts, unto his children? And this shows that the apostle prayed to God in the manner Christ directed, Matthew 6:9

and our Lord Jesus Christ: who is equally the object of prayer with God his Father and ours; who is sometimes distinctly prayed unto, as in Acts 7:59 and often in conjunction with his Father, as in all those places in the epistles, where grace and peace are wished for from them both; see Romans 1:7, and sometimes he is set before the Father, as in 2 Thessalonians 2:16 to show the entire equality between them, and that he is equally addressed as he, being truly and properly God, who knows all things, and is the Almighty, and whose grace is sufficient for us, and therefore rightly applied unto, as here: the petition put up to them both is, that they would

direct our way unto you: a journey is not to be taken without the will of God, without seeking to know it, without submission to it, and dependence on it; nor is there any prosperous one, but by it; see James 4:13. Men may devise their own ways, but God directs their goings; especially a good man's steps are ordered by the Lord, and particularly ministers; who, as they are often directed to subjects and matter, in a very providential way, so to places, and are ordered both where and when to go; see Acts 16:6. The apostle was aware, that there were obstacles in his way of coming to Thessalonica, for he had attempted it once and again, but Satan, and his emissaries, hindered; and therefore he desires that God and Christ would remove them out of the way, and make his way straight and plain, as the word signifies, that he might once more see their faces. 11. Translate, "May God Himself, even our Father (there being but one article in the Greek, requires this translation, 'He who is at once God and our Father'), direct," etc. The "Himself" stands in contrast with "we" (1Th 2:18); we desired to come but could not through Satan's hindrance; but if God Himself direct our way (as we pray), none can hinder Him (2Th 2:16, 17). It is a remarkable proof of the unity of the Father and Son, that in the Greek here, and in 2Th 2:16, 17, the verb is singular, implying that the subject, the Father and Son, are but one in essential Being, not in mere unity of will. Almost all the chapters in both Epistles to the Thessalonians are sealed, each with its own prayer (1Th 5:23; 2Th 1:11; 2:16; 3:5, 16) [Bengel]. Paul does not think the prosperous issue of a journey an unfit subject for prayer (Ro 1:10; 15:32) [Edmunds]. His prayer, though the answer was deferred, in about five years afterwards was fulfilled in his return to Macedonia.3:11-13 Prayer is religious worship, and all religious worship is due unto God only. Prayer is to be offered to God as our Father. Prayer is not only to be offered in the name of Christ, but offered up to Christ himself, as our Lord and our Saviour. Let us acknowledge God in all our ways, and he will direct our paths. Mutual love is required of all Christians. And love is of God, and is fulfilling the gospel as well as the law. We need the Spirit's influences in order to our growth in grace; and the way to obtain them, is prayer. Holiness is required of all who would go to heaven; and we must act so that we do not contradict the profession we make of holiness. The Lord Jesus will certainly come in his glory; his saints will come with him. Then the excellence as well as the necessity of holiness will appear; and without this no hearts shall be established at that day, nor shall any avoid condemnation.
Jump to Previous
Christ Clear Direct Guide Jesus Way
Jump to Next
Christ Clear Direct Guide Jesus Way
Links
1 Thessalonians 3:11 NIV
1 Thessalonians 3:11 NLT
1 Thessalonians 3:11 ESV
1 Thessalonians 3:11 NASB
1 Thessalonians 3:11 KJV

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Biblia Paralela
1 Thessalonians 3:11 Chinese Bible
1 Thessalonians 3:11 French Bible
1 Thessalonians 3:11 German Bible

Alphabetical: and clear come direct Father for God himself Jesus Lord may Now our the to us way you

NT Letters: 1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now may our God and Father himself (1 Thess. 1 Thes. 1Th iTh i Th) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
1 Thessalonians 3:10
Top of Page
Top of Page