1 Thessalonians 3:12
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New International Version
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

New Living Translation
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

English Standard Version
and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,

Berean Study Bible
And 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,

Berean Literal Bible
And may the Lord make you to increase and to abound in love toward one another, and toward all, just as also we toward you,

New American Standard Bible
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you;

King James Bible
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
And may the Lord cause you to increase and overflow with love for one another and for everyone, just as we also do for you.

International Standard Version
May the Lord greatly increase your love for each other and for all people, just as we love you.

NET Bible
And may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we do for you,

New Heart English Bible
and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And may he multiply and increase your love one toward another, and that to every person, just as we love you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We also pray that the Lord will greatly increase your love for each other and for everyone else, just as we love you.

New American Standard 1977
and may the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all men, just as we also do for you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Lord make you to multiply and make charity to abound among you and toward all men, even as it is with us toward you,

King James 2000 Bible
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

American King James Version
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

American Standard Version
and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in charity towards one another, and towards all men: as we do also towards you,

Darby Bible Translation
But you, may the Lord make to exceed and abound in love toward one another, and toward all, even as we also towards you,

English Revised Version
and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you;

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one towards another, and towards all men, even as we do towards you:

Weymouth New Testament
and as for you, may the Lord teach you to love one another and all men, with a growing and a glowing love, resembling our love for you.

World English Bible
and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you,

Young's Literal Translation
and you the Lord cause to increase and to abound in the love to one another, and to all, even as we also to you,
Study Bible
Timothy's Encouraging Report
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, 13so 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.…
Cross References
Philippians 1:9
And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and profound insight,

1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.

1 Thessalonians 4:10
And indeed, you are showing this love to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more

2 Thessalonians 1:3
We are obligated to thank God for you all the time, brothers, as is fitting, because your faith is growing more and more, and your love for one another is increasing.
Treasury of Scripture

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:10 And indeed you do it toward all the brothers which are in all Macedonia: …

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.

Luke 17:5 And the apostles said to the Lord, Increase our faith.

2 Corinthians 9:10 Now he that ministers seed to the sower both minister bread for your …

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

abound.

1 Thessalonians 4:9,10 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: …

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

love.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 See that none render evil for evil to any man; but ever follow that …

Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatever you would that men should do to you, …

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

Romans 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loves …

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not …

Galatians 5:6,13,14,22 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision; …

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 3:11-19 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we …

1 John 4:7-16 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one …

even.

1 Thessalonians 2:8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have …

(12) And the Lord make you.--The word you in the Greek is emphatic and stands first. The wish in the previous verse concerned the writers:" But you (whether we come or not) may the Lord make," &c. By "the Lord" here St. Paul seems to mean not only the Son: the word appears to be an equivalent for the name of God.

Increase and abound.--These words make the readers think first of progress and then of the state to which the progress will bring them--"Multiply you in love until you have enough and to spare of it"--and the same progress is expressed by the objects of the swelling charity: "So that you may not only love one another abundantly, but all mankind--missionary efforts being the supreme work of Christian love--"such loving missionary work" (the writers go on to say) "as ours among you."

Verse 12. - And the Lord. By some referred to the First Person of the blessed Trinity, God our Father (Alford); by others to the Holy Ghost, as the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ are afterwards both mentioned in the prayer; but it is to be referred, according to the prevailing usage in Paul's Epistle, to the Lord Jesus Christ. Make you; literally, you may the Lord make, putting the emphasis on" you." To increase and abound in love one toward another; toward your fellow-Christians. And toward all men; toward the human race in general. "This is the character of Divine love to comprehend all; whereas human love hath respect to one man and not to another" (Theophylact). Even as we do toward you; that is, as we abound in love toward you. And the Lord make you to increase,.... That is, the Lord the Spirit; so that the object of prayer, addressed by the apostle, is Father, Son, and Spirit, as in Revelation 1:4. The Alexandrian copy reads "God". The Spirit is God, equally with the Father and the Son, and so a fit object of prayer with them, which otherwise he would not be. The request is, that he would cause these saints to increase in number, as the first churches greatly did: and in the gifts of the Spirit, which he divides to men severally as he will; and in his graces, as in faith, in hope, in holiness, in humility, in knowledge, in spiritual joy and strength, an increase in all which is from him:

and abound in love one towards another; for though they were taught of God to love one another, and did do so, and the apostle had had good tidings of their love; yet it was not perfect, there was room for a further exercise of it, by serving each other by it, in things spiritual and temporal; and he had his request, for it did abound in everyone of them towards each other, 2 Thessalonians 1:3

and towards all men; the men of the world, who were without, were not members of the church, nor professors of the Christian religion, but enemies to that, and to Christ, and to them; and yet they were to love them as men, and pray for them, and do them all the good that lay in their power:

even as we do towards you; for the love of the apostle, and those with him, abounded more and more towards these saints, and was so far from being weakened, that it was increased by their absence from them; and they were more abundantly desirous of seeing them, and were even quite impatient until they sent to them, and heard of them. 12. The "you" in the Greek is emphatically put first; "But" (so the Greek for "and") what concerns "YOU," whether we come or not, "may the Lord make you to increase and abound in love," etc. The Greek for "increase" has a more positive force; that for "abound" a more comparative force, "make you full (supplying 'that which is lacking,' 1Th 3:10) and even abound." "The Lord" may here be the Holy Spirit; so the Three Persons of the Trinity will be appealed to (compare 1Th 3:13), as in 2Th 3:5. So the Holy Ghost is called "the Lord" (2Co 3:17). "Love" is the fruit of the Spirit (Ga 5:22), and His office is "to stablish in holiness" (1Th 3:13; 1Pe 1:2).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.
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