2 Thessalonians 2:16
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New International Version
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,

New Living Translation
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope,

English Standard Version
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

New American Standard Bible
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,

King James Bible
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace,

International Standard Version
May our Lord Jesus, the Messiah himself, and may God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,

NET Bible
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by grace gave us eternal comfort and good hope,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But our Lord Yeshua The Messiah, and God Our Father, who has loved us and has given us eternal comfort and good hope by his grace,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
God our Father loved us and by his kindness gave us everlasting encouragement and good hope. Together with our Lord Jesus Christ,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God, even our Father, who has loved us and has given us eternal consolation and good hope through grace,

King James 2000 Bible
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us, and has given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through grace,

American King James Version
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

American Standard Version
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father, who hathloved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace,

Darby Bible Translation
But our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us, and given [us] eternal consolation and good hope by grace,

English Revised Version
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father which loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

Webster's Bible Translation
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

Weymouth New Testament
And may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself--and God our Father who has loved us and has given us in His grace eternal consolation and a bright hope--

World English Bible
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,

Young's Literal Translation
and may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and our God and Father, who did love us, and did give comfort age-during, and good hope in grace,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:16,17 We may and should direct our prayers, not only to God the Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, but also to our Lord Jesus Christ himself. And we should pray in his name unto God, not only as his Father, but as our Father in and through him. The love of God in Christ Jesus, is the spring and fountain of all the good we have or hope for. There is good reason for strong consolations, because the saints have good hope through grace. The free grace and mercy of God are what they hope for, and what their hopes are founded on, and not any worth or merit of their own. The more pleasure we take in the word, and works, and ways of God, the more likely we shall be to persevere therein. But, if we are wavering in faith, and of a doubtful mind, halting and faltering in our duty, no wonder that we are strangers to the joys of religion.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - Now our Lord Jesus Christ, and God, even our Father, who hath loved us. These last words, "who hath loved us," are to be restricted to God our Father, whoso love was manifested in sending his Son to rescue sinners from destruction. And hath given us everlasting consolation; or, comfort; everlasting as contrasted with the temporary and deceitful comfort which the world gives. And good hope through grace; or, in grace. "In grace" belongs to the verb "hath given," and denotes the mode of the gift - of his own free grace, in contrast to personal merit.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself,.... The apostle having exhorted the saints to perseverance, closes this second part of his epistle, relating to the coming of Christ, with a prayer for the saints, that they might be comforted and established. The objects addressed are Christ and the Father. And in each of their characters are reasons contained, encouraging to believe the petitions will be regarded; for it is "our Lord Jesus Christ himself" who is prayed unto; who is our Lord, not by creation only, in which sense he is Lord of all, but by redemption, and through a marriage relation; and he is our Jesus, our Saviour, and Redeemer; and our Christ, the anointed prophet, priest, and King; even he himself, who stands in these relations and offices; and what may not be expected from him?

and God, even our Father; not by creation, but by adoption; and as it is in his power, he has a heart to give, and will give good things unto his children: and inasmuch as Christ is equally addressed as the object of prayer as the Father, and is indeed here set before him, or first mentioned, it may be concluded that there is an entire equality between them, and that Christ is truly and properly God; otherwise religious worship, of which prayer is a considerable branch, would not be given him, nor would he be set upon an equal foot with the other, and much less before him. The Arabic version reads, "our Lord Jesus Christ, our Father"; and the Ethiopic version also, "our Lord Jesus Christ, God our Father"; as if the whole of this, or all these epithets and characters, belong to Christ, and he was the only person addressed; but the common reading is best: which hath loved us; this refers both to the Father and to Christ. The Father had loved them with an everlasting and unchangeable love, as appeared by his choosing them unto salvation by Christ, securing them in his hands, and making an everlasting covenant with him, on their account; by sending his Son to be the Saviour of them; by regenerating, quickening, and calling them by his grace, adopting them into his family, pardoning all their sins, justifying their persons, and giving them both a meetness for, and a right unto eternal glory. And Christ, he had loved them with the same love; and which he showed by undertaking their cause in the council of peace; by espousing their persons in the covenant of grace; by assuming their nature in the fulness of time; by dying in their room and stead; and by his continued intercession and mediation for them, and by many other instances. And since they had such a share in the affection both of the Father and the Son, it need not to have been doubted but that what was prayed for would be granted: to which is added,

and hath given us everlasting consolation: all true solid consolation is from God and Christ: God is called the God of all comfort; and if there be any real consolation, it is in, by, and from Christ; and it is the gift of God, an instance of his grace and favour, and not a point of merit; the least degree of consolation is not deserved, and ought not to be reckoned small: and it is everlasting; it does not indeed always continue, as to the sensible enjoyment of it, in this life, being often interrupted by indwelling sin, the hidings of God's and the temptations of Satan, yet the ground and foundation of it is everlasting; such as the everlasting love of God, the everlasting covenant of grace, the everlasting righteousness of Christ, and everlasting salvation by him, and he himself, who is the consolation of Israel, as well as the blessed Spirit, the Comforter, who ever abides as the earnest and pledge of future happiness. And the present spiritual joy of the saints is what no man can take away from them, and what will eventually issue in everlasting consolation, without any interruption in the world to come, when sorrow and sighing shall flee away, and all tears be wiped from their eyes:

and good hope through grace. The Syriac version reads, "in his grace"; and the Ethiopic version, "a good hope; and his grace", hope, as well as faith, is the gift of God, a free grace gift of his: and it may be called a good one, because God is the author of it; and it is built on a good foundation, the person, blood, and righteousness of Christ; and is of good things to come, and therefore called the blessed hope; and is what is sure and certain, and will never deceive, nor make ashamed; and since consolation is given here, and hope of happiness hereafter, it may be concluded the following requests will be regarded.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

16, 17. himself—by His own might, as contrasted with our feebleness; ensuring the efficacy of our prayer. Here our Lord Jesus stands first; in 1Th 3:11, "God our Father."

which … loved us—in the work of our redemption. Referring both to our Lord Jesus (Ro 8:37; Ga 2:20) and God our Father (Joh 3:16).

everlasting consolation—not transitory, as worldly consolations in trials (Ro 8:38, 39). This for all time present, and then "good hope" for the future [Alford].

through grace—rather as Greek "IN grace"; to be joined to "hath given." Grace is the element in which the gift was made.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
Stand Firm
15So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us. 16Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, 17comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
Cross References
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

1 Thessalonians 3:11
Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you.

Titus 3:7
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Treasury of Scripture

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

our Lord.

2 Thessalonians 1:1,2 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, to the church of the Thessalonians …

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace …

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct …

which. See on ver.

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

John 13:1 Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour …

John 15:9,13 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you: continue you in my love…

Romans 5:8 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Ephesians 5:2,25 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

1 John 3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life …

1 John 4:9,10 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God …

Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first …

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they …

everlasting.

Psalm 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on them …

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Isaiah 51:11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing …

Isaiah 60:19,20 The sun shall be no more your light by day; neither for brightness …

Isaiah 61:7 For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…

John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, …

John 16:22 And you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and …

2 Corinthians 4:17,18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us …

Hebrews 6:18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God …

1 Peter 1:5-8 Who are kept by the power of God through faith to salvation ready …

Revelation 7:16,17 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall …

Revelation 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither …

good.

Romans 5:2-5 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 8:24,25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for …

Colossians 1:5,23 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard …

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before …

Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the …

Hebrews 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to …

Hebrews 6:12,19 That you be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith …

Hebrews 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better …

1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…

1 John 3:2,3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what …

through.

Acts 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the LORD Jesus Christ we …

Acts 18:27 And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brothers wrote, …

Romans 4:4,16 Now to him that works is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt…

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

Romans 11:5,6 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according …

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