New International Version
For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan blocked our way.
King James Bible
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
Darby Bible Translation
wherefore we have desired to come to you, even I Paul, both once and twice, and Satan has hindered us.
World English Bible
because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us.
Young's Literal Translation
wherefore we wished to come unto you, (I indeed Paul,) both once and again, and the Adversary did hinder us;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Even I Paul - He had already sent Timothy and Silas to them; but he himself was anxious to see them, and had purposed this once and again, but Satan hindered; i.e., some adversary, as the word means, whether the devil himself, or some of his children. There was, however, such a storm of persecution raised up against him, that his friends did not think it prudent to permit him to go till the storm had been somewhat allayed.
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THE WORD OF GOD "When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God." (1 Thessalonians 2:13.) THE Apostle here testifies that he believes himself to be the bearer of a revelation direct from God; that the words he speaks and the words he writes are not the words of man, but the Word of God, warm with his breath, filled with his thoughts, and stamped with his will. In this same epistle he writes: "For this we say unto …
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The Calling of the Regenerate:
Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you.
for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid more than once when I was in need.
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