2 Thessalonians 3:1
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As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.

King James Bible
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

Darby Bible Translation
For the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also with you;

World English Bible
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

Young's Literal Translation
As to the rest, pray ye, brethren, concerning us, that the word of the Lord may run and may be glorified, as also with you,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Finally, brethren - The words το λοιπον do not mean finally, but, furthermore - to come to a conclusion - what remains is this - I shall only add - any of these phrases expresses the sense of the original.

Pray for us - God, in the order of his grace and providence, has made even the success of his Gospel dependent, in a certain measure, on the prayers of his followers. Why he should do so we cannot tell, but that he has done so we know; and they are not a little criminal who neglect to make fervent supplications for the prosperity of the cause of God.

May have free course - They were to pray that the doctrine of the Lord, ὁ λογος του Κυριου, might run, τρεχῃ, an allusion to the races in the Olympic games: that, as it had already got into the stadium or race course, and had started fairly, so it might run on, get to the goal, and be glorified; i.e., gain the crown, appointed for him that should get first to the end of the course.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Matthew 9:38 Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.

Luke 10:2 Therefore said he to them, The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few: pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest...

Romans 15:30 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit...

2 Corinthians 1:11 You also helping together by prayer for us...

Ephesians 6:19,20 And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel...

Colossians 4:3 With praying also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

1 Thessalonians 5:17,25 Pray without ceasing...

Hebrews 13:18,19 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly...

the word.

Acts 6:7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly...

Acts 12:24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.

Acts 13:49 And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region.

Acts 19:20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

1 Corinthians 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even to bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

have free course. Gr. run, be.

Psalm 138:2 I will worship toward your holy temple, and praise your name for your loving kindness and for your truth...

Acts 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord...


1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance...

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain...

The Lord of Peace and the Peace of the Lord
'Now the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always, by all means. The Lord be with you all.'--2 THESS. iii. 16. We have reached here the last of the brief outbursts of prayer which characterise this letter, and bear witness to the Apostle's affection for his Thessalonian converts. It is the deepening of the ordinary Jewish formula of meeting and parting. We find that, in most of his letters, the Apostle begins with wishing 'grace and peace,' and closes with an echo of the wish. 'Peace be unto
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Patience of Christ.
"BUT the Lord direct your hearts into the Love of God and into the Patience of Christ" (2 Thess. iii:5). With these words Paul exhorted the Thessalonian believers. They had many trials and difficulties. They suffered persecutions and were troubled. False alarms had affected their patience of hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. The inspired exhortation puts before their hearts the Patience of Christ. Comfort and joy, encouragement and peace, would surely come to their hearts and strengthen them, if they
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

Fifteenth Lesson. If Two Agree
If two agree;' Or, The Power of United Prayer Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my Name, there am I in the midst of them.--Matt. xviii. 19, 20. ONE of the first lessons of our Lord in His school of prayer was: Not to be seen of men. Enter thy inner chamber; be alone with the Father. When He has thus taught us that the
Andrew Murray—With Christ in the School of Prayer

There Also is Said at what Work the Apostle Wrought. ...
22. There also is said at what work the Apostle wrought. "After these things," it says, "he departed from Athens and came to Corinth; and having found a certain Jew, by name Aquila, of Pontus by birth, lately come from Italy, and Priscilla his wife, because that Claudius had ordered all Jews to depart from Rome, he came unto them, and because he was of the same craft he abode with them, doing work: for they were tent-makers." [2549] This if they shall essay to interpret allegorically, they show what
St. Augustine—Of the Work of Monks.

Cross References
2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 1:8
The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it,

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 Thessalonians 5:25
Brothers and sisters, pray for us.

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