2 Thessalonians 3:2
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New International Version
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith.

New Living Translation
Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer.

English Standard Version
and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith.

Berean Study Bible
And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men; for not everyone holds to the faith.

Berean Literal Bible
and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men; for not all are of the faith.

New American Standard Bible
and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

King James Bible
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not all have faith.

International Standard Version
Also pray that we may be rescued from worthless and evil people, since not everyone holds to the faith.

NET Bible
and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil people. For not all have faith.

New Heart English Bible
and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And that we would be saved from evil and vicious men, for the faith does not belong to everyone.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Also pray that we may be rescued from worthless and evil people, since not everyone shares our faith.

New American Standard 1977
and that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked men, for the faith is not of everyone.

King James 2000 Bible
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

American King James Version
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

American Standard Version
and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for all have not faith.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And that we may be delivered from importunate and evil men; for all men have not faith.

Darby Bible Translation
and that we may be delivered from bad and evil men, for faith [is] not [the portion] of all.

English Revised Version
and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for all have not faith.

Webster's Bible Translation
And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

Weymouth New Testament
and that we may be delivered from wrong-headed and wicked men; for it is not everybody who has faith.

World English Bible
and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for not all have faith.

Young's Literal Translation
and that we may be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men, for the faith is not of all;
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. 3But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.…
Cross References
Acts 25:27
For it seems unreasonable to me to send on a prisoner without specifying the charges against him."

Romans 15:31
Pray that I may be delivered from the unbelievers in Judea, and that my service in Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints there,
Treasury of Scripture

And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.

delivered.

Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea…

1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, …

2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brothers, have you ignorant of our trouble which …

1 Thessalonians 2:18 Why we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan …

2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that …

unreasonable. Gr. absurd. for.

Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their …

Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, …

Matthew 23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you pay tithe …

Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the …

John 2:23-25 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many …

Acts 13:45,50 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, …

Acts 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their …

Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took to them certain …

Acts 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias said, Lord, who …

2 Corinthians 4:3,4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost…

(2) And that we may be delivered.--Compare Romans 15:31. This clause is an amplification of the word "may run along:" the impediments to the gospel progress were (except that all were overruled for good) such persecutions as these. St. Paul gives thanks for such deliverances in 2Corinthians 1:10; 2Timothy 3:11; 2Timothy 4:17. Perhaps (as St. Chrysostom suggests) one reason for here inviting their prayers for himself was to nerve the Thessalonians by the sense that they were not the only people in the world in danger.

From unreasonable and wicked men.--The curious word rendered "unreasonable" is rendered "amiss" in Luke 23:41, "wickedness" in Acts 25:5, "harm" in Acts 28:6, occurring nowhere else in the New Testament. It properly means something "misplaced" hence "extravagant," "monstrous." Thus the dying robber says that our Lord had done "nothing so monstrous" as to deserve crucifixion; Festus ironically invites the priests to a serious journey to St. Paul's trial, "if there be something so monstrous in him;" the Maltese barbarians "saw that nothing so monstrous happened to him after all." So St. Paul wishes the Thessalonians to pray for his deliverance "from these monstrous and depraved people." He is evidently meaning some particular foes whom he fears, for the original has the definite article. Who, then, are "these monstrous persons?" If we turn to Acts 18:6; Acts 18:9; Acts 18:12, and observe the circumstances in which the letter was written, we can hardly doubt that they are the unbelieving Jews of Corinth. From these Jews he was, though narrowly, delivered. It was, perhaps, in direct answer to the prayers for which St. Paul here asks that he received the vision and assurances of our Lord, and that Gallio was moved to quash so abruptly the proceedings of the Jews.

For all men have not faith.--This clause gives the reason for the alarm implied in the last clause: "Do not be surprised at my needing help against bad men; for you know that it is not every one that believes." There is something a little scornful and embittered in the expression (recalling the invective against the same people in 1Thessalonians 2:15-16), for it suggests the thought that nothing better was to be expected from such a set of unconverted Jews. Tacitly, also, the unbelieving Corinthians are contrasted with the Thessalonians who had so readily embraced the truth. It may, however, be doubted whether this sentence is not an instance of a common Hebrew idiom, occurring more than twenty times in the Greek Testament, by which the combination of "all" and "not" amounts to "not any." Thus, "all flesh shall not be justified," in Romans 3:20, is rendered "no flesh shall be justified;" "they are not all of us," in 1John 2:19, means "not one of them is of us." So here it may be, "for there is not one of them that believes;" and so also, again speaking of the Jews, in Romans 10:16, "they did not all obey" may mean "none of them obeyed"--a rhetorical exaggeration, which the writer proceeds to justify by the exhaustive question from Isaiah.

Verse 2. - And that; a further addition to the prayer. We; either I Paul, or else Paul and Silas and Timothy. May be delivered; not may "come off victorious whether by life or death" (Calvin), but may be rescued from our enemies. Jowett observes that we have here the shrinking of the flesh from the dangers which awaited the apostle. But there is no trace of cowardice in these words; the apostle desires deliverance, not for his own sake, but for the sake of the free diffusion of the gospel. From unreasonable; a word whose original meaning is "out of place;" then used in an ethical sense, "wicked," "absurd," "unreasonable;" perhaps here applied to persons who will not listen to arguments. And wicked men. By these unreasonable and wicked men are not to be understood the Jews of Thessalonica, from whom Paul formerly suffered, for their influence would hardly extend to Corinth; nor Christians who were only so in name (Calvin), and specially the Judaizing Christians, for there is no allusion as vet to their attacks upon the apostle; but the fanatical and unbelieving Jews at Corinth (see Acts 18:12). For all men have not faith; or, the faith; the faith is not the possession of all. Faith here is the Christian faith: all men have not received it - obviously alluding to the unbelieving Jews. The words cannot mean, all men have not the true faith - referring to pretended Christians - false brethren, but secret enemies (Calvin). Nor is it to be rendered "all men have not the capacity of faith." Others understand by faith that upright and candid disposition which would engage men to receive the testimony of the apostle; and others fidelity, as if the apostle meant, "There are few men whom we can trust." And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men,.... Either from the unbelieving Jews, see Romans 15:30 who were the avowed enemies of the Gospel, and did all they could to hinder the spread of it; and who were the implacable and constant adversaries of the apostle; who often lay in wait for him, and opposed him, and gave him trouble in all places, stirring up the people against him: or from the false teachers, and those of their party, who are the false brethren by whom he often was in perils; who were enemies of the cross of Christ, and great hindrances to the spread of the Gospel; being men of absurd principles, and of wicked lives and conversations, whereby they perverted the Gospel of Christ, brought a reproach upon it, stumbled some, and overthrew the faith of others; and from these the apostle desires to be delivered:

for all men have not faith: no man has faith of himself, it is the gift of God, and the operation of his Spirit; and it is only given to the elect of God, who are ordained unto eternal life, and therefore it is called the faith of God's elect; all mankind have it not, none but Christ's sheep; and the reason why others have it not is, because they are not of his sheep. This is a truth; but rather the true sense of the words is, that all that are professors of religion, and members of churches, and even all that are preachers of the word, have not faith. They may have an historical and temporary faith and the faith of miracles, and even all faith but the true faith; they may profess to believe, and yet not believe, as Simon Magus, and his followers seem to be intended here; for this is given as a reason why the apostle desired to be delivered from the above men. The Jews say (o), that

"he that studies not in the law, , "there is no faith in him"--and it is forbidden to come near him, or to trade with him, or to walk with him, "because there is no faith in him".''

The apostle seems to allude to this custom.

(o) Zohar in Lev. fol. 33. 2.2. that we … be delivered from unreasonable … men—literally, men out of place, inept, unseemly: out of the way bad: more than ordinarily bad. An undesigned coincidence with Ac 18:5-9. Paul was now at Corinth, where the Jews "opposed themselves" to his preaching: in answer to his prayers and those of his converts at Thessalonica and elsewhere, "the Lord, in vision," assured him of exemption from "the hurt," and of success in bringing in "much people." On the unreasonable, out-of-the way perversity of the Jews, as known to the Thessalonians, see 1Th 2:15, 16.

have not faith—or as Greek, "the faith" of the Christian: the only antidote to what is "unreasonable and wicked." The Thessalonians, from their ready acceptance of the Gospel (1Th 1:5, 6), might think "all" would similarly receive it; but the Jews were far from having such a readiness to believe the truth.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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