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

New Living Translation
But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.

English Standard Version
But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.

New American Standard Bible
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

King James Bible
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But the Lord is faithful; He will strengthen and guard you from the evil one.

International Standard Version
But the Lord is faithful and will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

NET Bible
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But THE LORD JEHOVAH is faithful, who will keep you and deliver you from evil.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But the Lord is faithful and will strengthen you and protect you against the evil one.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But the Lord is faithful, who shall confirm you and keep you from evil.

King James 2000 Bible
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

American King James Version
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

American Standard Version
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one .

Douay-Rheims Bible
But God is faithful, who will strengthen and keep you from evil.

Darby Bible Translation
But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you and keep [you] from evil.

English Revised Version
But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and guard you from the evil one.

Webster's Bible Translation
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and keep you from evil.

Weymouth New Testament
But the Lord is faithful, and He will make you stedfast and will guard you from the Evil one.

World English Bible
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you, and guard you from the evil one.

Young's Literal Translation
and stedfast is the Lord, who shall establish you, and shall guard you from the evil;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

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.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - But; in contrast with the men just mentioned. The Lord is faithful; as if the apostle had said," Man may be faithless, but the Lord is faithful" (see Romans 3:4). "In contrast to the infidelity of man, he praises the fidelity of God" (Bengel). By the Lord, Christ is meant. In the former Epistle, faithfulness is attributed to God (1 Thessalonians 5:24), here to Christ. This faithfulness of Christ consisted in watching over his Church, and in effecting its diffusion in spite of all the opposition of these unreasonable and wicked men. Who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil; or, the evil. The word "evil" may be either masculine or neuter: if masculine, then it denotes "the evil one;" if neuter, then "evil" in general. There is nothing in the word itself to determine its meaning; this must be learned from the context. Most commentators (Calvin, Bengel, Olshausen, Hofmann, Macknight, Ellicott, Eadie, and Bishop Alexander) suppose that the evil one is meant; and it is so rendered in the R.V.: "Guard you from the evil one." But it is better to take the word abstractly "evil" in general, whether evil persons or evil things; as a contrast to "every good word and work" (2 Thessalonians 2:17). So Alford, Lunemann, De Wette, Jowett, Lillie. There is the same difference of opinion with regard to the words in the Lord's Prayer: "Deliver us from evil;" or "from the evil one" (R.V.). Here, also, notwithstanding the high authorities on the opposite side, we consider that our Lord's words are not limited to the evil one, but are to be taken generally - "evil" in the widest sense, as being much more forcible.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But the Lord is faithful,.... Or "God" as the Vulgate Latin and Ethiopic versions read, as do also the Alexandrian and Claromontane copies. This is said for the comfort of the saints, lest they should be discouraged upon hearing that all professors of faith in Christ had it not, who might be ready to take it to themselves, and fear, that either they had it not, or if they had, that they might lose it, and fall from it. Wherefore the apostle observes to them the comfortable attribute of God's faithfulness, which he will not suffer to fail. He has promised many things, and he is faithful that has promised, who also will do them, nor will any good thing he has promised ever fail.

Who shall stablish you: in the doctrines of the Gospel, so as not to be moved away from them, or be finally and totally seduced by those unreasonable and wicked men; and also in the grace of faith, which though it may be weakened, and there may be a falling from a degree of the steadfastness of it, as to its act and exercise, yet it shall never finally and totally fail, he who is the author will be the finisher of it; and likewise in the profession both of the doctrine and grace of faith, which true believers shall hold fast unto the end; for God will not suffer the righteous to be moved, or to depart from him; he has promised them perseverance, and he is faithful to give it to them.

And keep you from evil: from the evil of sin; not from the being and commission of it entirely, which is not to be expected in this life; but from the dominion of it, at least from its reigning unto death, and from the damning power of it: and also from that evil one Satan; from his snares and temptations, so as to be entangled and overcome by them; for God is faithful, who will not suffer his to be tempted beyond their strength, but will enable them to bear it, and make way for their escape, and deliver out of it; and likewise from evil men, unreasonable and wicked men, so as not to be drawn aside by them, by their principles and practices, by their frowns or flatteries.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. faithful—alluding to "faith" (2Th 3:2): though many will not believe, the Lord (other very old manuscripts read "God") is still to be believed in as faithful to His promises (1Th 5:24; 2Ti 2:13). Faith on the part of man answers to faithfulness on the part of God.

stablish you—as he had prayed (2Th 2:17). Though it was on himself that wicked men were making their onset, he turns away from asking the Thessalonians' prayers for HIS deliverance (2Th 3:2: so unselfish was he, even in religion), to express his assurance of THEIR establishment in the faith, and preservation from evil. This assurance thus exactly answers to his prayer for them (2Th 2:17), "Our Lord … stablish you in every good word and work." He has before his mind the Lord's Prayer, "Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil"; where, as here, the translation may be, "from the evil one"; the great hinderer of "every good word and work." Compare Mt 13:19, "the wicked one."

2 Thessalonians 3:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Paul's Request for Prayer
2and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith. 3But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 4We have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you are doing and will continue to do what we command.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:37
All you need to say is simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Matthew 6:13
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'

1 Corinthians 1:9
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

1 Thessalonians 5:24
The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

2 Thessalonians 2:17
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

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.
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But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil.

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2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

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