English Standard Version
We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
King James Bible
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
American Standard Version
But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you:
English Revised Version
But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
Webster's Bible Translation
And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
Weymouth New Testament
Now we beg you, brethren, to show respect for those who labour among you and are your leaders in Christian work, and are your advisers;
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
See on 1 Thessalonians 4:4. Recognize them for what they are, and as entitled to respect because of their office. Comp. ἐπιγινώσκετε acknowledge, 1 Corinthians 16:18; and ἐγνώσθης takest knowledge, lxx, Psalm 143:3. Ignatius, Smyrn. ix.:, has ἐπίσκοπον εἰδέναι to know the bishop, to appreciate and honor him.
Are over (προΐσταμένους)
Lit. who are placed before you. See on Romans 12:8. Used of superintendents of households, 1 Timothy 3:4, 1 Timothy 3:5, 1 Timothy 3:12 : of the ruling of elders of the church, 1 Timothy 5:17. It does not indicate a particular ecclesiastical office, but is used functionally. The ecclesiastical nomenclature of the Pauline Epistles is unsettled, corresponding with the fact that the primitive church was not a homogeneous body throughout christendom. The primitive Pauline church consisted of a number of separate fraternities which were self-governing. The recognition of those who ministered to the congregations depended on the free choice of their members. See for instance 1 Corinthians 16:15, 1 Corinthians 16:16. The congregation exercised discipline and gave judgment: 1 Corinthians 5:3-5; 2 Corinthians 2:6, 2 Corinthians 2:7; 2 Corinthians 7:11, 2 Corinthians 7:12; Galatians 6:1.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Greet Mary, who has worked hard for you.
Greet those workers in the Lord, Tryphaena and Tryphosa. Greet the beloved Persis, who has worked hard in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
1 Corinthians 16:16
be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer.
1 Corinthians 16:18
for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.
1 Thessalonians 4:1
Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more.
1 Timothy 5:17
Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.
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