2 Thessalonians 2:17
Parallel Verses
New International Version
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

New Living Translation
comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

English Standard Version
comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

New American Standard Bible
comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.

King James Bible
Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.

International Standard Version
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good action and word.

NET Bible
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good thing you do or say.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Comfort your hearts and be occupied in every word and every good work.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
may he encourage and strengthen you to do and say everything that is good.

Jubilee Bible 2000
comfort your hearts and confirm you in every good word and work.

King James 2000 Bible
Encourage your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

American King James Version
Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

American Standard Version
comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Exhort your hearts, and confirm you in every good work and word.

Darby Bible Translation
encourage your hearts, and establish you in every good work and word.

English Revised Version
comfort your hearts and stablish them in every good work and word.

Webster's Bible Translation
Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

Weymouth New Testament
comfort your hearts and make you stedfast in every good work and word.

World English Bible
comfort your hearts and establish you in every good work and word.

Young's Literal Translation
comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
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 17. - Comfort your hearts, and stablish you; or, according to the best manuscripts, stablish them. namely, your hearts. These verbs are in the singular, but their nominative is our Lord Jesus Christ and God our Father, thus implying the unity between these Divine Persons. In every good word and work.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Comfort your hearts,.... That is, apply the comfort given, and cause it to be received, which unbelief is apt to refuse; and increase it, by shedding abroad the love of Christ, and of the Father; by the discoveries of pardoning grace; by the application of Gospel promises; by the word and ordinances, which are breasts of consolation; and by indulging with the gracious presence, and comfortable communion of Father, Son, and Spirit. The Arabic version reads, "comfort your hearts by his grace", joining the last clause of the preceding verse to this. This petition stands opposed to a being troubled and distressed about the sudden coming of Christ, as the following one does to a being shaken in mind on that account, 2 Thessalonians 2:2.

And stablish you in every good word and work; that is, in every good word of God, or truth of the Gospel, which contains good tidings of good things, so as not to waver about them, or stagger in them, or to depart from them; in practice of every duty, so as to be steadfast, and immoveable, and always abounding therein; good words and good works, principles and practices, should go together, and the saints stand in need of stability in both. For though, as to their state and condition, they are established in the love of God, in the covenant of grace, in the arms of Christ, and in him the foundation, so as they can never be removed; yet they are often very unstable, not only in their frames, and in the exercise of grace, but in their attachment and adherence to the Gospel and interest of Christ, and in the discharge of duty.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17. Comfort your hearts—unsettled as you have been through those who announced the immediate coming of the Lord.

good word and work—The oldest manuscripts invert the order, "work and word." Establishment in these were what the young converts at Thessalonica needed, not fanatical teaching (compare 1Co 15:58).

2 Thessalonians 2:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Stand Firm
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
1 Thessalonians 3:2
We sent Timothy, who is our brother and co-worker in God's service in spreading the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you in your faith,

1 Thessalonians 3:13
May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

2 Thessalonians 3:3
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

1 Peter 5:10
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
Treasury of Scripture

Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

Comfort.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which …

Isaiah 51:3,12 For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; …

Isaiah 57:15 For thus said the high and lofty One that inhabits eternity, whose …

Isaiah 61:1,2 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Isaiah 66:13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall …

Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, …

2 Corinthians 1:3-6 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father …

stablish.

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

Isaiah 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem …

Romans 1:11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

Romans 16:25 Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, …

1 Corinthians 1:8 Who shall also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless …

2 Corinthians 1:21 Now he which establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, is God;

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you …

1 Thessalonians 3:2,13 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

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

Jude 1:24 Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present …

in.

James 1:21,22 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but …

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