1 Thessalonians 4:9
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New International Version
Now about your love for one another we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other.

New Living Translation
But we don't need to write to you about the importance of loving each other, for God himself has taught you to love one another.

English Standard Version
Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another,

Berean Study Bible
Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another.

Berean Literal Bible
Now concerning brotherly love, you have no need for me to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God in order to love one another.

New American Standard Bible
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

King James Bible
But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
About brotherly love: You don't need me to write you because you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

International Standard Version
Now you do not need anyone to write to you about brotherly love, since you have been taught by God to love each other.

NET Bible
Now on the topic of brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

New Heart English Bible
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But you do not need to have written to you concerning love of the brethren, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You don't need anyone to write to you about the way Christians should love each other. God has taught you to love each other.

New American Standard 1977
Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

Jubilee Bible 2000
But as touching love among the brethren, ye need not that I write unto you, for ye yourselves have learned of God that ye are to show charity to one another.

King James 2000 Bible
But concerning brotherly love you need not that I write unto you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

American King James Version
But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

American Standard Version
But concerning love of the brethren ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But as touching the charity of brotherhood, we have no need to write to you: for yourselves have learned of God to love one another.

Darby Bible Translation
Now concerning brotherly love ye have no need that we should write to you, for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

English Revised Version
But concerning love of the brethren ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another;

Webster's Bible Translation
But concerning brotherly love ye need not that I write to you: for ye yourselves are taught by God to love one another.

Weymouth New Testament
But on the subject of love for the brotherhood it is unnecessary for me to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another;

World English Bible
But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that one write to you. For you yourselves are taught by God to love one another,

Young's Literal Translation
And concerning the brotherly love, ye have no need of my writing to you, for ye yourselves are God-taught to love one another,
Study Bible
Living to Please God
8Anyone, then, who rejects this command does not reject man but God, the very One who gives you His Holy Spirit. 9Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. 10And indeed, you are showing this love to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more…
Cross References
Jeremiah 31:33
"But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD, "I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Jeremiah 31:34
"They will not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, 'Know the LORD,' for they will all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

John 6:45
It is written in the prophets: 'And they will all be taught by God.' Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me--

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

Romans 12:10
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Outdo yourselves in honoring one another.

2 Corinthians 9:1
Now about the service to the saints, there is no need for me to write to you.

Philippians 3:15
All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. And if you think differently about some issue, God will reveal this to you as well.

1 Thessalonians 5:1
Now about the times and seasons, brothers, we do not need to write to you.

Hebrews 13:1
Continue in brotherly love.

1 John 2:27
And as for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But just as His true and genuine anointing teaches you about all things, so remain in Him as you have been taught.
Treasury of Scripture

But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

touching.

Leviticus 19:8 Therefore every one that eats it shall bear his iniquity, because …

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 15:12-17 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

Acts 4:32 And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul…

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

Ephesians 5:1,2 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children…

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Peter 3:8 Finally, be you all of one mind, having compassion one of another, …

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

1 John 2:10 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion …

1 John 3:11,14-19,23 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 …

ye need.

1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that …

Jeremiah 31:34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man …

Hebrews 8:10,11 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel …

1 John 2:20-27 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things…

for ye.

Isaiah 51:13 And forget the LORD your maker, that has stretched forth the heavens, …

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

John 6:44,45 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: …

John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I …

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will …

John 15:12,17 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you…

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

1 John 3:11,23 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we …

1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love …

1 John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every …

(9) But . . .--This forms the second subject of instruction, following naturally on the first. "We are very glad to hear of so strong a Christian feeling of brotherhood among you, and think it almost unnecessary to say anything more to you about it; still your charity is hardly catholic enough, nor have you exercised it with sufficient sobriety and thrift."

Brotherly love.--Not love of men at large, but of Christians in particular: in fact, pretty nearly what we call "Church feeling." It is the natural affection of those who feel that they are children of the same Father and the same mother (Galatians 4:26), members of the same "household of faith" (Galatians 6:10). In itself, it is not the most exalted of graces, being to some extent the outcome of community of interests; therefore St. Peter exhorts his readers to make it a means of obtaining the higher grace of charity (1Peter 1:22; 2Peter 1:7). St. Paul in this place does mean the sentiment rather than the practice, but has specially in view the exercise of liberality towards fellow-Christians. The feeling of community can only be known by acts that prove it.

Ye need not.--A sweet rhetorical figure, by which men are encouraged to the performance of a duty in which they are not perfect, by the praising of their imperfect attempts: a specimen of that "courtesy" which is a part of "brotherly love." (See 1Peter 3:8.) "I" should be we, or any.

Ye yourselves.--It seems as if St. Paul had intended at first to say, "For ye yourselves know without any instruction," but suddenly inserts the source of their knowledge instead:" For ye yourselves are divinely taught already." This seems more natural to the context (though grammatically less easy) than to understand:" For ye yourselves (as well as we) are taught of God." (Comp., however, the references.) God's teaching here comes (though perhaps other modes are not excluded) by the direct contact with the indwelling Spirit. (See 1John 2:27.)

To love.--In the Greek this is not the simple infinitive after "taught;" it expresses rather the result and issue of God's teaching: "have been so schooled by God as to love one another." This love is not actually contrasted with the "brotherly kindness" above, but means more.

Verse 9. - The apostle now proceeds to a new exhortation. But as touching brotherly love. Brotherly love is the love of Christians to Christians, that special affection which believers bear to each other; a virtue which was carried to such perfection in the primitive Church as to call forth the admiration of their heathen adversaries. This virtue is often inculcated in Scripture (Hebrews 13:1; 1 John 3:14), and is distinguished from love in general (2 Peter 1:7). Ye need not that I write unto you; a delicate and gentle reproof. For ye yourselves are taught of God. We are not here to think of the new commandment of brotherly love given by the Savior, nor on the Divine compassion exciting us to love; but "taught of God" by the influences of the Spirit on their hearts and consciences to love one another. But as touching brotherly love,.... Another branch of sanctification; which is distinct from love to God and Christ, though it always accompanies it, and from love to all mankind; and is what is peculiar to brethren in a spiritual relation, and ought to be universal, fervent, and sincere, and as Christ has loved them: concerning which the following things are said,

ye need not that I write unto you. The Vulgate Latin version reads, "we have no need to write unto you"; and so some copies. It seems that it was needful to write unto them about other things, as to refresh their memories with the instructions they had given them, when with them, how they should walk and please God; and to put them in mind of the commandments given them by Christ, and that their sanctification was the will of God; and particularly it was necessary to write unto them about chastity, and purity of life, whether in or out of the conjugal state; but as for brotherly love, there was no immediate absolute necessity to write about that, either about the nature of it, or to describe the objects of it, or point out instances of it, or to exhort to it in a pressing manner: the reason is,

for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another; not merely by the light of nature, which teaches men to be kind, courteous, affable, and beneficent; nor by the law of Moses, which obliges men to love their neighbours as themselves; nor only doctrinally by the ministry of the Gospel, which frequently inculcates the exercise of this grace as a matter of great importance and consequence; nor only by the new commandment, and example of Christ; but by the Spirit of God internally in regeneration, who, according to the tenor of the new covenant, writes this law of love, and of Christ, upon the heart; and this being written upon the hearts of the Thessalonians, by the finger of the Spirit of God, whereby they were dearly directed, and powerfully taught to exercise this grace, and discharge this duty, and under the influence of the same spirit did exercise it, it was unnecessary for the apostle to write about it, and press them to it. 9. brotherly love, etc.—referring here to acts of brotherly kindness in relieving distressed brethren. Some oldest manuscripts support English Version reading, "YE have"; others, and those the weightiest, read, "WE have." We need not write, as ye yourselves are taught, and that by God: namely, in the heart by the Holy Spirit (Joh 6:45; Heb 8:11; 1Jo 2:20, 27).

to love—Greek, "with a view to," or "to the end of your loving one another." Divine teachings have their confluence in love [Bengel].4:9-12 We should notice in others what is good, to their praise, that we may engage them to abound therein more and more. All who are savingly taught of God, are taught to love one another. The teaching of the Spirit exceeds the teachings of men; and men's teaching is vain and useless, unless God teach. Those remarkable for this or any other grace, need to increase therein, as well as to persevere to the end. It is very desirable to have a calm and quiet temper, and to be of a peaceable and quiet behaviour. Satan is busy to trouble us; and we have in our hearts what disposes us to be unquiet; therefore let us study to be quiet. Those who are busy-bodies, meddling in other men's matters, have little quiet in their own minds, and cause great disturbances among their neighbours. They seldom mind the other exhortation, to be diligent in their own calling, to work with their own hands. Christianity does not take us from the work and duty of our particular callings, but teaches us to be diligent therein. People often by slothfulness reduce themselves to great straits, and are liable to many wants; while such as are diligent in their own business, earn their own bread, and have great pleasure in so doing.
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