1 Thessalonians 3:9
Parallel Verses
New International Version
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

New Living Translation
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God's presence.

English Standard Version
For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,

New American Standard Bible
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

King James Bible
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you,

International Standard Version
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we have in God's presence because of you?

NET Bible
For how can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel because of you before our God?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For what thanks can we pay on your behalf to God, for every joy with which we rejoice because of you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We can never thank God enough for all the joy you give us as we rejoice in God's presence.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For what thanks can we render to God again for you for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God,

King James 2000 Bible
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God;

American King James Version
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God;

American Standard Version
For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God,

Darby Bible Translation
For what thanksgiving can we render to God for you, for all the joy wherewith we rejoice on account of you before our God,

English Revised Version
For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

Webster's Bible Translation
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;

Weymouth New Testament
For what thanksgiving on your behalf can we possibly offer to God in return for all the joy which fills our souls before our God for you,

World English Bible
For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;

Young's Literal Translation
for what thanks are we able to recompense to God for you, for all the joy with which we do joy because of you in the presence of our God?
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 9. - For; assigning the reason of the declaration, "now we live." What thanks can we render to God again for you. As their steadfastness in the faith was owing to God's grace, thanks was to be rendered to God on their behalf. For all the joy; joy in all its fullness (comp. James 1:2, "Count it all joy"). Wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God. Giving prominence to the purity of their joy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For what thanks can we render to God again or you,.... They had given thanks to God for them before, for their faith, love, and patience; see 1 Thessalonians 1:2 and now having received a further account of them, they looked upon themselves bound to give fresh thanks to God for them, for the increase of their faith and love, and for their perseverance, as they did; see 2 Thessalonians 1:3 since these are gifts of God's grace; but they knew not where to begin, what to render, and when to end: the phrase is much like that in Psalm 116:12 "what shall I render unto the Lord", &c.

for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God: the joy they had was all joy, perfect and complete in its kind; see James 1:2 and it was not for themselves, on their own account, because of any worldly interest or advantage they had therein, but for the sake of these Thessalonians, whose spiritual welfare they rejoiced at: nor was their joy of a carnal nature, but spiritual; it was a joy in the Holy Ghost, and which was hearty and sincere: it was "before God our" God, their covenant God and Father; it was in his sight and presence, who sees and knows all things, all actions, and the principles of them. Though this last clause, "before our God", is in the Syriac version, placed at the beginning of the next verse, according to which, it refers, not to thanks or joy before God, but to prayer before him.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

9. For what thanks—what sufficient thanks?

render … again—in return for His goodness (Ps 116:12).

for you—"concerning you."

for all the joy—on account of all the joy. It was "comfort," 1Th 3:7, now it is more, namely, joy.

for your sakes—on your account.

before our God—It is a joy which will bear God's searching eye: a joy as in the presence of God, not self-seeking, but disinterested, sincere, and spiritual (compare 1Th 2:20; Joh 15:11).

1 Thessalonians 3:9 Additional Commentaries
Context
Timothy's Encouraging Report
8for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. 9For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?…
Cross References
Psalm 116:12
What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me?

1 Thessalonians 1:2
We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers.
Treasury of Scripture

For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God;

what.

1 Thessalonians 1:2,3 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in …

2 Samuel 7:18-20 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who …

Nehemiah 9:5 Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah…

Psalm 71:14,15 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more and more…

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God, which always causes us to triumph in Christ, …

2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift.

for.

1 Thessalonians 3:7,8 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our affliction …

See on ch.

1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

before.

Deuteronomy 12:2,18 You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which …

Deuteronomy 16:11 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you, and your son, …

2 Samuel 6:21 And David said to Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me …

Psalm 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yes, …

Psalm 96:12,13 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all …

Psalm 98:8,9 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together…

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