2 Thessalonians 3:5
New International Version
May the Lord direct your hearts into God's love and Christ's perseverance.

New Living Translation
May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

English Standard Version
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Berean Study Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

Berean Literal Bible
And may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

New American Standard Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

King James Bible
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Christian Standard Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's endurance.

Contemporary English Version
I pray that the Lord will guide you to be as loving as God and as patient as Christ.

Good News Translation
May the Lord lead you into a greater understanding of God's love and the endurance that is given by Christ.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts to God's love and Christ's endurance.

International Standard Version
May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the endurance of the Messiah.

NET Bible
Now may the Lord direct your hearts toward the love of God and the endurance of Christ.

New Heart English Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And our Lord will direct your hearts into the love of God and to the Gospel preaching of The Messiah.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May the Lord direct your lives as you show God's love and Christ's endurance.

New American Standard 1977
And may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the steadfastness of Christ.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the Lord make your hearts upright in the charity of God and in the hope of the Christ.

King James 2000 Bible
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

American King James Version
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

American Standard Version
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord direct your hearts, in the charity of God, and the patience of Christ.

Darby Bible Translation
But the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of the Christ.

English Revised Version
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

Weymouth New Testament
And may the Lord guide your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.

World English Bible
May the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patience of Christ.

Young's Literal Translation
and the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God, and to the endurance of the Christ.
Study Bible
Request for Prayer
4And we have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do what we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 6Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from any brother who leads an undisciplined life that is not in keeping with the tradition you received from us.…
Cross References
1 Thessalonians 3:11
Now may our God and Father Himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you.

Revelation 1:9
I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance that are in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and my testimony about Jesus.

Treasury of Scripture

And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

the Lord.

1 Kings 8:58
That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

1 Chronicles 29:18
O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee:

Psalm 119:5,36
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes! …

into.

Deuteronomy 30:6
And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Jeremiah 31:33
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Romans 5:5
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

and into.

Psalm 40:1
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psalm 130:5,6
I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope…

Lamentations 3:26
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

the patient waiting for Christ.

Hebrews 12:2,3
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God…

1 Peter 4:1
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;







Lexicon
{May} the
(HO)
Article - Nominative Masculine 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.

Lord
Κύριος (Kyrios)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2962: Lord, master, sir; the Lord. From kuros; supreme in authority, i.e. controller; by implication, Master.

direct
κατευθύναι (kateuthynai)
Verb - Aorist Optative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2720: (a) I make straight, (b) met: I put in the right way, direct. From kata and euthuno; to straighten fully, i.e. direct.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

hearts
καρδίας (kardias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 2588: Prolonged from a primary kar; the heart, i.e. the thoughts or feelings; also the middle.

into
εἰς (eis)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1519: A primary preposition; to or into, of place, time, or purpose; also in adverbial phrases.

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

love
ἀγάπην (agapēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

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

Christ’s
Χριστοῦ (Christou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

perseverance.
ὑπομονὴν (hypomonēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5281: Endurance, steadfastness, patient waiting for. From hupomeno; cheerful endurance, constancy.
(5) The Lord.--See Note on 2Thessalonians 3:3. The Person of the Blessed Trinity to whom this guidance immediately belongs is the Holy Ghost. So far, the Greek expositors are right who are agreed to consider this a proof of the Holy Ghost's divinity. Their right conclusion is, however, drawn from wrong premise, for the name is not here to be taken as consciously intending Him. The ground for their supposition is that the names "God" and "Christ" occur immediately after, and not (as we might expect) "His" or "for Him." But in 1Thessalonians 3:12-13, there occurs precisely the same arrangement of the three words: the Greek equivalent for the sacred Hebrew Name standing first, and then, for clearness' sake, being explained by the personal titles, "God our Father," "our Lord Jesus Christ."

Direct your hearts into the love of God.--This prayer in itself implies that they had not yet reached the point which St. Paul would have them reach, and were perhaps not taking the directest course. The same word is used in Luke 1:79; 1Thessalonians 3:11. The "love of God" here meant is that practical love which consists in keeping the commandments (John 14:21), as may be seen from the context:--"I am sure that the Lord will strengthen you, and that you are doing and will continue to do as you are bidden: may God help you to the obedience of true love, and to such perseverance in obedience as was shown by Christ; and it is in this hope that we bid you take steps to repress the disorders which are prevalent among you."

The patient waiting for Christ.--This rendering is so beautiful in itself, and so well in keeping with the leading thoughts of these two Epistles, that it is painful to be forced to reject it. But the only rendering which is possible is, Christ's patience; and the simplest meaning of that phrase is "the endurance which characterises Christ," the genitive being, as in 1Thessalonians 1:3, almost a descriptive adjective, "Christ-like," "Christian endurance." This "patience" includes both the thought of bearing up under their present persecutions and also the thought of "patient continuance in well doing," as opposed to the fitful restlessness which had begun to prey upon the Thessalonian Church.

Verse 5. - And the Lord; namely, Christ, for so the word "Lord" is to be rendered in St. Paul's Epistles. Bishop Wordsworth supposes that the Holy Ghost is here invoiced, as both God and Christ are afterwards mentioned in the petition; but the term "Lord" is not applied by, the apostle to the Holy Ghost; '2 Corinthians 3:17 is the only apparent exception. Direct your hearts; as the heart is the fountain of Christian life - the centre of the will. Into the love of God. Here not God's love to us, specially "the manifestation of the love of God in Christ and his work of redemption" (Olshausen); nor the love of God to man, which is to be the pattern of our love to God; but, objectively, our love to God. This love of God is the fulfilment of the Law; and hence the apostle prays that the Thessalonians may be directed into it as the source and essence of all acceptable obedience. And into the patient waiting for Christ. The words, "patient waiting," are but one word in the original, generally translated "patience" or "endurance." The clause has been differently interpreted. Some (Calvin, Hofmann, Jowett) render it, as in the A.V., "patient waiting for Christ." And this is conformable to the context, as the object of Paul was to repress all impatient longing for the advent. But such a meaning is not linguistically justifiable. Others render it, "patience for Christ," that is, steadfast endurance for his sake (De Wette); but there is no preposition in the original. The words simply mean "Christ's patience," or "the patience of Christ" (R.V.), the patience which he exhibited under his unparalleled sufferings. The Thessalonians were exposed to persecutions, and therefore the apostle prays that they might be directed into the patience of Christ, as this would enable them to bear all their sufferings with composure. Love and patience comprehend the active and passive virtues of Christianity. Now follows a warning against the disorderly life and conduct which the expectation of the immediate advent of Christ had produced. On account of the supposed nearness of the day of the Lord, great disorders had arisen in the Thessalonian Church. Work had been given up by many, who walked about in fanatical idleness. The apostle had censured this conduct in his former Epistle (1 Thessalonians 4:11, 12), but the evil had rather increased than diminished; and, accordingly, he severely rebukes this spirit, and sets himself to correct the disorders occasioned by it. 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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