2 Thessalonians 3:1
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New International Version
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.

New Living Translation
Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord's message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you.

English Standard Version
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you,

Berean Study Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and be held in honor, just as it was with you.

Berean Literal Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and may be glorified, just as also with you,

New American Standard Bible
Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;

King James Bible
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord's message may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you,

International Standard Version
Finally, brothers, pray for us—that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly, and that it may be honored the way it is among you.

NET Bible
Finally, pray for us, brothers and sisters, that the Lord's message may spread quickly and be honored as in fact it was among you,

New Heart English Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
From now on, brethren, pray for us, that the word of our Lord would run and be glorified in every place as it is with you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Finally, brothers and sisters, pray that we spread the Lord's word rapidly and that it will be honored the way it was among you.

New American Standard 1977
Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you;

Jubilee Bible 2000
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you,

King James 2000 Bible
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

American King James Version
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

American Standard Version
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of God may run, and may be glorified, even as among you;

Darby Bible Translation
For the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also with you;

English Revised Version
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;

Webster's Bible Translation
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you;

Weymouth New Testament
Finally, brethren, pray for us, asking that the Lord's Message may be spread rapidly and its glory be displayed, as it was displayed among you;

World English Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

Young's Literal Translation
As to the rest, pray ye, brethren, concerning us, that the word of the Lord may run and may be glorified, as also with you,
Study Bible
Request for Prayer
1Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread quickly and be held in honor, just as it was with you. 2And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not everyone holds to the faith.…
Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers, rejoice! Aim for perfect harmony, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
For not only did the message of the Lord ring out from you to Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone out to every place, so that we have no need to say anything further.

1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally, brothers, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to live in a way that is pleasing to God, as you have received from us. This is how you already live, so you should do so all the more.

1 Thessalonians 5:25
Brothers, pray for us as well.
Treasury of Scripture

Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

pray.

Matthew 9:38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth …

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers …

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and …

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also helping together by prayer for us…

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my …

Colossians 4:3 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, …

1 Thessalonians 5:17,25 Pray without ceasing…

Hebrews 13:18,19 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things …

the word.

Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied …

Acts 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Acts 13:49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the …

have free course. Gr. run, be.

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for …

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the …

even.

1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and …

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was …

III.

(1) Finally.--The practical portion is introduced in the same manner as in the First Epistle (1Thessalonians 4:1), "for the rest," "as to what I have yet to say."

Pray for us.--St. Chrysostom remarks: "Himself had prayed for them; now he asks them to pray for him." How much of a Christian teacher's power, increasing as time goes on, comes from the accumulation of intercession from his spiritual children! St. Paul leaves people praying for him everywhere (Romans 15:30; 2Corinthians 1:11; Ephesians 6:18-19; Colossians 4:3; 1Thessalonians 5:25; comp. Hebrews 13:18). In all these cases the request is for active help in his work of evangelising:" not that he may fall into no danger," says St. Chrysostom, "for that he was appointed unto." (Comp. 2Timothy 2:9.) "That" stands for "in order that," and does not introduce merely the subject of the prayer.

May have free course.--Quite literally, as in the margin, may run along. Speed and security are contained in this idea: no hesitation about the next turn, no anxious picking of the way, and no opposition from devils and bad men. Bengel compares Psalm 147:15.

And be glorified.--The word does not mean merely "obtain applause," "win distinction," as a successful runner; it always implies the recognition or acknowledgment of inherent admirable qualities. (See Notes on 2Thessalonians 1:12; 1Thessalonians 2:6.)

Even as it is with you.--Such praise would flush the Thessalonians to pray for him with greater fervour and assurance. "With you" means, in the Greek, "in your direction," "on turning to you:" people had only to look at Thessalonica, and they were forced to recognise the character of the gospel.

Verse 1. - Finally; furthermore; for the rest; introducing the concluding part of the Epistle (see 1 Thessalonians 4:1). Brethren, pray for us (see a similar request in 1 Thessalonians 5:25). Observe the unselfishness of the apostle's request. He does not ask the Thessalonians to pray specially for himself, but for the unimpeded diffusion and success of the gospel, and for himself only in so far as that he might be freed from all hindrances in preaching the gospel - that God would be pleased to crown his labours with success. That; introducing the subject matter of prayer; what he requested the Thessalonians to pray for. The word of the Lord - namely, the gospel - may have free course; literally, may run; that all obstacles to its progress may be removed; that its diffusion may be free and unimpeded; that, like the sun, it may rejoice as a strong man to run his race (Psalm 19:5; comp. Psalm 147:15, "He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly"). And be glorified; namely, in the conversion of souls (comp. Acts 13:48). The allusion may be to the applause given to the victors in the foot races which constituted so considerable a part of the Grecian games. This personification of the Word of the Lord is a favourite figure with the apostle. "In St. Paul's language there is but a thin film between the Holy Ghost, the Divine personal Spirit, and the spirit in the believer's inmost being. And so in St. Paul's conception there is but a thin film between the Word preached and the living Word of God who is God" (Bishop Alexander). Even as it is with you; a recognition of the eagerness with which the Thessalonians had received the gospel. Finally, brethren, pray for us,.... The apostle now proceeds to the last and closing part of the epistle, which respects church discipline, and the removing of disorderly persons from their communion; and introduces it with a request to pray for him, and the rest of his fellow ministers, particularly Silvanus and Timothy, who joined with him in this epistle: he signifies that nothing more remained; this was the last he had to say, that they, "the brethren", not the preachers of the word only, but the members of the church, would be solicitous for them at the throne of grace; as it becomes all the churches, and the several members of them, to pray for their ministers: with respect to their private studies, that they might be directed to suitable subjects; that their understandings might be opened to understand the Scriptures; that their gifts might be increased, and they be more and more fitted for public service: and with respect to their public ministrations, that they be brought forth in the fulness of the blessing of the Gospel of Christ; that they have a door of utterance given them to preach the Gospel freely and boldly, as it ought to be spoken; and that their ministry be blessed to saints and sinners: and with respect to the world, and their conduct in it, that they be kept from the evil of it, and so behave as to give none offence, that the ministry be not blamed; and that they be not allured by the flatteries, nor intimidated by the frowns of the world, but endure hardness as good soldiers of Christ: and with respect to their persons and state, that their souls may prosper, and that they may have much of the presence of God, and much spiritual joy, peace, comfort, and strength of faith; and that they may enjoy bodily health, and their lives be spared for further usefulness. This request is frequently urged by the apostle; which shows his sense of the importance of the work of the ministry, the insufficiency of men for it, the necessity of fresh supplies of grace, and the great usefulness of prayer. The particular petitions he would have put up follow,

that the word of the Lord may have free course. By "the word of the Lord", or "of God", as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read, is meant the Gospel; which is of God, and not of man, comes by the Lord Jesus Christ, and is concerning him, his person and offices, and concerning peace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation by him, as the subject matter of it: and the request is, that this might "have free course": or "might run": be propagated and spread far and near: the ministry of the word is a course or race, and ministers are runners in it, having their feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace; which is the message they are sent with, and the errand they run upon: which comes from heaven, and is to be carried into all the world, and spread: Satan and his emissaries do all they can to hinder the progress of it; God only can remove all obstructions and impediments; when he works none can let; all mountains become a plain before Zerubbabel. Wherefore the apostle directs to pray to him for it, with what follows,

and be glorified, even as it is with you; the Gospel is glorified when it is attended upon by large numbers, and is heard with a becoming reverence; when it is received in the love of it, is greatly prized and highly esteemed; when it is cordially embraced, and cheerfully obeyed. It is glorified when sinners are converted by it, and the lives of the professors of it are agreeably to it; and thus it was glorified in these several instances at Thessalonica; and therefore the apostle puts them upon praying, that it might be so elsewhere, as there; even "everywhere", as the Syriac version adds. CHAPTER 3

2Th 3:1-18. He Asks Their Prayers: His Confidence in Them: Prayer for Them: Charges against Disorderly Idle Conduct; His Own Example: Concluding Prayer and Salutation.

1. Finally—literally, "As to what remains."

may have free course—literally, "may run"; spread rapidly without a drag on the wheels of its course. That the new-creating word may "run," as "swiftly" as the creative word at the first (Ps 147:15). The opposite is the word of God being "bound" (2Ti 2:9).

glorified—by sinners accepting it (Ac 13:48; Ga 1:23, 24). Contrast "evil spoken of" (1Pe 4:14).

as it is with you—(1Th 1:6; 4:10; 5:11).3:1-5 Those who are far apart still may meet together at the throne of grace; and those not able to do or receive any other kindness, may in this way do and receive real and very great kindness. Enemies to the preaching of the gospel, and persecutors of its faithful preachers, are unreasonable and wicked men. Many do not believe the gospel; and no wonder if such are restless and show malice in their endeavours to oppose it. The evil of sin is the greatest evil, but there are other evils we need to be preserved from, and we have encouragement to depend upon the grace of God. When once the promise is made, the performance is sure and certain. The apostle had confidence in them, but that was founded upon his confidence in God; for there is otherwise no confidence in man. He prays for them for spiritual blessings. It is our sin and our misery, that we place our affections upon wrong objects. There is not true love of God, without faith in Jesus Christ. If, by the special grace of God, we have that faith which multitudes have not, we should earnestly pray that we may be enabled, without reserve, to obey his commands, and that we may be enabled, without reserve, to the love of God, and the patience of Christ.
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