1 Thessalonians 3:1-2
Why when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;…
(cf. Acts 17:16, 17): —
I. AFFORDS A PAINFUL OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT ON ITS MORAL CONDITION: "He saw the city wholly given to idolatry."
II. AWAKENS PROFOUND CONCERN IN A GREAT SOUL: "His spirit was stirred in him."
III. ROUSES TO IMMEDIATE ACTION IN PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF THE CITIZENS: "Therefore disputed he in the synagogue and in the market daily."
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;