1 Thessalonians 2:8
New International Version
so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

New Living Translation
We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too.

English Standard Version
So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

Berean Study Bible
We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us.

Berean Literal Bible
So yearning over you, we were pleased to have imparted to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own lives, because you have become beloved to us.

New American Standard Bible
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

King James Bible
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

Christian Standard Bible
We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

Contemporary English Version
We cared so much for you, and you became so dear to us, that we were willing to give our lives for you when we gave you God's message.

Good News Translation
Because of our love for you we were ready to share with you not only the Good News from God but even our own lives. You were so dear to us!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

International Standard Version
We cared so deeply for you that we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but our very lives. That is how dear you were to us.

NET Bible
with such affection for you we were happy to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us.

New Heart English Bible
Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
In this way also we cherish and long to give you, not only The Good News of God, but our lives also, because you are our beloved.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We felt so strongly about you that we were determined to share with you not only the Good News of God but also our lives. That's how dear you were to us!

New American Standard 1977
Having thus a fond affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become very dear to us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
loving you so much, that we were willing to give unto you, not only the gospel of God, but even our own souls, because ye are dear unto us.

King James 2000 Bible
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear unto us.

American King James Version
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.

American Standard Version
even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So desirous of you, we would gladly impart unto you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear unto us.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus, yearning over you, we had found our delight in having imparted to you not only the glad tidings of God, but our own lives also, because ye had become beloved of us.

English Revised Version
even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.

Webster's Bible Translation
So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear to us.

Weymouth New Testament
Seeing that we were thus drawn affectionately towards you, it would have been a joy to us to have imparted to you not only God's Good News, but to have given our very lives also, because you had become very dear to us.

World English Bible
Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you had become very dear to us.

Young's Literal Translation
so being desirous of you, we are well-pleased to impart to you not only the good news of God, but also our own souls, because beloved ye have become to us,
Study Bible
Paul's Ministry
7On the contrary, we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother caring for her children. 8We cared so deeply that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our own lives as well. That is how beloved you have become to us. 9Surely you recall, brothers, our labor and toil. We worked night and day so that we would not be a burden to anyone while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.…
Cross References
Romans 1:1
Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, and set apart for the gospel of God,

2 Corinthians 12:15
And for the sake of your souls, I will most gladly spend my money and myself. If I love you more, will you love me less?

1 John 3:16
By this we know what love is: Jesus laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

Treasury of Scripture

So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.

affectionately.

Jeremiah 13:15-17
Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken…

Romans 1:11,12
For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established; …

Romans 9:1-3
I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, …

but.

Acts 20:23,24
Save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me…

2 Corinthians 12:15
And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Philippians 2:17
Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

dear.

Luke 7:2
And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die.

Philippians 2:20
For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

Philippians 4:1
Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.







Lexicon
We cared so deeply
ὁμειρόμενοι (homeiromenoi)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 2442: To desire earnestly, long for; I have a strong affection for, love fervently. Middle voice from himeros; to long for.

[that] we were delighted
εὐδοκοῦμεν (eudokoumen)
Verb - Imperfect Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 2106: To be well-pleased, think it good, be resolved. From eu and dokeo; to think well of, i.e. Approve; specially, to approbate.

to share with
μεταδοῦναι (metadounai)
Verb - Aorist Infinitive Active
Strong's Greek 3330: From meta and didomi; to give over, i.e. Share.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

not
οὐ (ou)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

only
μόνον (monon)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3440: Alone, but, only. Neuter of monos as adverb; merely.

the
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

gospel
εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 2098: From the same as euaggelizo; a good message, i.e. The gospel.

of God,
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

our
τὰς (tas)
Article - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

own
ἑαυτῶν (heautōn)
Reflexive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1438: Himself, herself, itself.

lives
ψυχάς (psychas)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

as well.
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

That is how
διότι (dioti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1360: On this account, because, for. From dia and hoti; on the very account that, or inasmuch as.

beloved
ἀγαπητοὶ (agapētoi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 27: From agapao; beloved.

you have become
ἐγενήθητε (egenēthēte)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Passive - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1096: A prolongation and middle voice form of a primary verb; to cause to be, i.e. to become, used with great latitude.

to us.
ἡμῖν (hēmin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
(8) So means hero even so, confirming the simile, and is not to be taken in the sense of "therefore."

Not the gospel of God only.--The gospel was, as it were, the milk given to the young converts; but the nursing mothers were ready to let them draw their very life away, so dearly did they love them.

Verse 8. - So being affectionately desirous of you; a strong expression in the original: "being filled with earnest love for you." We were willing. The word denotes a predetermination of the will: "we esteemed it good." To have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls. An evident climax: not only were we willing to preach the gospel of God to you, but more than this, to sacrifice our own lives for your advantage. The word here rendered "souls" denotes lives; and the meaning is that the apostle was willing to submit to death for the sake of the Thessalonians. The plural "we" still implies Paul and Silas and Timothy. The thought is - As a nursing mother not only nourishes tier children, but is also ready to sacrifice her life for them; so the apostle not only nourished his spiritual children with the pure milk of the gospel, but was ready to sacrifice his own life for their spiritual maintenance; thus expressing in the strongest manner the womanly tenderness of the apostle toward his converts. Because ye were dear unto us. 2:7-12 Mildness and tenderness greatly recommend religion, and are most conformable to God's gracious dealing with sinners, in and by the gospel. This is the way to win people. We should not only be faithful to our calling as Christians, but in our particular callings and relations. Our great gospel privilege is, that God has called us to his kingdom and glory. The great gospel duty is, that we walk worthy of God. We should live as becomes those called with such a high and holy calling. Our great business is to honour, serve, and please God, and to seek to be worthy of him.
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