1 Thessalonians 3:8
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New International Version
For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.

New Living Translation
It gives us new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord.

English Standard Version
For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.

Berean Study Bible
For now we can go on living, as long as you are standing firm in the Lord.

Berean Literal Bible
For now we live, if you are standing firm in the Lord.

New American Standard Bible
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

King James Bible
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

International Standard Version
For now we can go on living, as long as you continue to stand firm in the Lord.

NET Bible
For now we are alive again, if you stand firm in the Lord.

New Heart English Bible
For now we live, since you stand firm in the Lord.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And now we live, if you will abide in Our Lord.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now we can go on living as long as you keep your relationship with the Lord firm.

New American Standard 1977
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.

Jubilee Bible 2000
for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

King James 2000 Bible
For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

American King James Version
For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

American Standard Version
for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because now we live, if you stand in the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
because now we live if ye stand firm in [the] Lord.

English Revised Version
for now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Webster's Bible Translation
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Weymouth New Testament
For now life is for us life indeed, since you are standing fast in the Lord.

World English Bible
For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

Young's Literal Translation
because now we live, if ye may stand fast in the Lord;
Study Bible
Timothy's Encouraging Report
7For this reason, brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we have been reassured about you, because of your faith. 8For now we can go on living, as long as you are standing firm in the Lord. 9How can we adequately thank God for you in return for our great joy over you in His presence?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.

1 Thessalonians 3:7
For this reason, brothers, in all our distress and persecution, we have been reassured about you, because of your faith.
Treasury of Scripture

For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

we live.

1 Samuel 25:6 And thus shall you say to him that lives in prosperity, Peace be …

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endures but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping …

Philippians 1:21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

if.

John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If you continue …

John 15:4,7 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, …

Acts 11:23 Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch you, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty with which Christ has made us …

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted …

Ephesians 4:15,16 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, …

Ephesians 6:13,14 Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand …

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becomes the gospel of Christ: …

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

Colossians 1:23 If you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved …

Hebrews 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of …

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into …

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for …

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who has called us to his eternal glory …

2 Peter 3:17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware …

Revelation 3:3,11 Remember therefore how you have received and heard, and hold fast, …

(8) Now we live, if.--"Now" contrasts the new life and vigour which the "gospel of their faith and charity" had infused into the Apostle, with the deadly sinking he had felt at the thought of their possible apostacy. At the same time the "if" has the half-future sense, as though St. Paul meant that the continuance of this "life" was contingent upon their continued steadfastness. Another interpretation has been suggested, according to which both the "we" and "ye" are perfectly general, and therefore interchangeable, and the sense is made to be a vague proposition, "for standing fast in the Lord is a sine qua non of life"--life in the theological sense: and parts of Romans 7, 8 are compared. This interpretation, however, suits the Greek as little as the context.

Verse 8. - For now we live. Not to be referred to the eternal and future life (Chrysostom); or to be weakened as if it merely signified, "We relish and enjoy life notwithstanding our affliction and distress" (Pelt); but the meaning is the good tidings which Timothy has brought have imparted new life unto us; "we are in the full strength and freshness of life, we do not feel the sorrows and tribulations which the outer world prepares for us" (Lunemann). The apostle considers his condition of affliction and distress as a kind of death: so, elsewhere he says, "I die daily" (1 Corinthians 15:31); and from which death he was now again raised to life. If; provided - a hypothetical assumption. Ye stand fast; continue firm in the faith of the gospel. In the Lord; the element of true life. For now we live,.... Before they were dead men, lifeless, disconsolate, dispirited, carrying about with them the dying of the Lord Jesus, and death working in them, and they, as it were, under the sentence of that, being killed all the day long for Christ's sake; but now, upon this news, in the midst of all their sore trials and troubles, their spirits revived, and they became alive and cheerful; see Psalm 22:26, it was like life from the dead unto them:

if ye stand fast in the Lord: or "our Lord", as the Syriac and Ethiopic versions read; that is, "in the faith of the Lord", as the Arabic version renders it: they were in the Lord secretly by electing grace, and openly by regenerating grace, and they abode in him; and by persevering grace, they were rooted and built up in Christ, and established in the faith of him, of his person, office, and grace; they were steady in the exercise of grace upon him, and stood fast in the liberty wherewith he had made them free, and continued steadfastly in the doctrines and ordinances of the Gospel; for the "if" here is not expressive of doubting, but of reasoning, "seeing ye stand fast in the Lord"; of which they were assured by Timothy: and this gave them fresh spirit and life amidst the deaths in which they often were. 8. now—as the case is; seeing ye stand fast.

we live—we flourish. It revives us in our affliction to hear of your steadfastness (Ps 22:26; 2Jo 3:4).

if—implying that the vivid joy which the missionaries "now" feel, will continue if the Thessalonians continue steadfast. They still needed exhortation, 1Th 3:10; therefore he subjoins the conditional clause, "if ye," etc. (Php 4:1).3:6-10 Thankfulness to God is very imperfect in the present state; but one great end of the ministry of the word is to help faith forward. That which was the instrument to obtain faith, is also the means of increasing and confirming it, namely, the ordinances of God; and as faith cometh by hearing, so it is confirmed by hearing also.
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