1 Thessalonians 5:12
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Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who 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;

Darby Bible Translation
But we beg you, brethren, to know those who labour among you, and take the lead among you in [the] Lord, and admonish you,

World English Bible
But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,

Young's Literal Translation
And we ask you, brethren, to know those labouring among you, and leading you in the Lord, and admonishing you,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Know them - Act kindly towards them; acknowledge them as the messengers of Christ; and treat them with tenderness and respect. This is a frequent meaning of the word γινωσκω. See on John 1:10 (note).

Them which labor among you - The words τους κοπιωντας have appeared to some as expressing those who had labored among them; but as it is the participle of the present tense, there is no need to consider it in this light. Both it and the word προΐσταμενους, the superintendents, refer to persons then actually employed in the work of God. These were all admonishers, teachers, and instructers of the people, devoting their time and talents to this important work.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

to know.

1 Corinthians 16:18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge you them that are such.

Philippians 2:19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly to you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

Hebrews 13:7,17 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow...

labour.

1 Thessalonians 2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and travail: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you...

Matthew 9:37,38 Then said he to his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few...

Luke 10:1,2,7 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place...

John 4:38 I sent you to reap that where on you bestowed no labor: other men labored, and you are entered into their labors.

Acts 20:35 I have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus...

1 Corinthians 3:9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you are God's building.

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain...

1 Corinthians 16:16 That you submit yourselves to such, and to every one that helps with us, and labors.

2 Corinthians 5:9 Why we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that you receive not the grace of God in vain.

2 Corinthians 11:23 Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure...

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

Colossians 1:29 Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

1 Timothy 5:17,18 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine...

2 Timothy 2:6 The farmer that labors must be first partaker of the fruits.

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.

and are.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers...

1 Corinthians 12:28 And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings...

Titus 1:5 For this cause left I you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city...

Hebrews 13:7,17 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken to you the word of God: whose faith follow...

1 Peter 5:2,3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre...

Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks...

Revelation 2:1,8,12,18 To the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things said he that holds the seven stars in his right hand...

Revelation 3:1,7,14 And to the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things said he that has the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars...

and admonish.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

1 Timothy 5:1,20 Rebuke not an elder, but entreat him as a father; and the younger men as brothers...

Titus 1:3 But has in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;

Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise you.

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Sleep Not
"Lord, when we leave the world and come to thee, How dull, how slur, are we! How backward! How prepost'rous is the motion Of our ungain devotion! Our thoughts are millstones, and our souls are lead, And our desires are dead: Our vows are fairly promis'd, faintly paid, Or broken, or not made. * * * * * * * Is the road fair, we loiter; clogged with mire, We stick or else retire; A lamb appeals a lion, and we fear Each bush we see's a bear. When our dull souls direct our thoughts to
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 17: 1871

Fenelon -- the Saints Converse with God
Francois de Salignac de La Mothe-Fenelon, Archbishop of Cambray, and private tutor to the heir-apparent of France, was born of a noble family in Perigord, 1651. In 1675 he received holy orders, and soon afterward made the acquaintance of Bossuet, whom he henceforth looked up to as his master. It was the publication of his "De l'Education des Filles" that brought him his first fame, and had some influence in securing his appointment in 1689 to be preceptor of the Duke of Burgundy. In performing this
Various—The World's Great Sermons, Vol. 2

Getting Ready to Enter Canaan
GETTING READY TO ENTER CANAAN Can you tell me, please, the first step to take in obtaining the experience of entire sanctification? I have heard much about it, have heard many sermons on it, too; but the way to proceed is not yet plain to me, not so plain as I wish it were. Can't you tell me the first step, the second, third, and all the rest? My heart feels a hunger that seems unappeased, I have a longing that is unsatisfied; surely it is a deeper work I need! And so I plead, "Tell me the way."
Robert Lee Berry—Adventures in the Land of Canaan

Exhortations to Christians as they are Children of God
1 There is a bill of indictment against those who declare to the world they are not the children of God: all profane persons. These have damnation written upon their forehead. Scoffers at religion. It were blasphemy to call these the children of God. Will a true child jeer at his Father's picture? Drunkards, who drown reason and stupefy conscience. These declare their sin as Sodom. They are children indeed, but cursed children' (2 Peter 2:14). 2 Exhortation, which consists of two branches. (i) Let
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Cross References
Romans 16:6
Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.

Romans 16:12
Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

1 Corinthians 16:16
to submit to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labors at it.

1 Corinthians 16:18
For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.

1 Thessalonians 4:1
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.

1 Timothy 5:17
The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.

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