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to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because 15 God Whath *from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth :
14 Whereunto he called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the glory 16 of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions 17 which ye have been taught, whether by word, 18 or our epistle.
16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, 19 d which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and e good hope through grace,
15 that. Ham. is to the glorious salvation. Whit. 17 instructions. Gen, things delivered. Pu. our preaching. Co. Ma. Cr, Bi. Father. Co. Ma, Olde.
w 1 Thes. i. 4: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
* See on 2 Tim.i. 9.
z John, xvii. 22: The glory which thou gavest me I have given them. Thes. ii. 12: That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. 1 Pet. v. 10 : But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
al Cor. xvi. 13 : Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. See on Phi, iv. 1.
b1 Cor. xi. 2: Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. 2 Thes, iii. 6.
c 2 Thes. i. 1, 2.
d 1 John, iv. 10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Rev. i.5: And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
el Pet. i. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear bis judgment, whosoever he be. 2 Cor. vii. 16.
17 Comfort your hearts, 'and stablish you in every good word and work.
CHAP. III. I He craveth their prayers for himself, 3 testifieth what confidence
he hath in them, 5 maketh request to God in their behalf, 6 giveth them divers precepts, especially to shun idleness, and ill company, 16 and last of all concludeth with prayer and salutation.
FINALLY, brethren, pray for us, that the b word of the Lord may have free course,' and be glorified, even as it is with 2
you : 2 And that we may be delivered from unreasonable 3 and 4 wicked men : e for all men have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, & and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.
5 And the Lord i direct your hearts into the
Gr. may run. A. V. 2 among, or toward. Ham. 3 Gr. absurd. A. V. guide. I Thes. j. 6. A. V. begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. f See on Rom. xvi. 25.
CHAP. III. a 1 Thes, v. 25 : Brethren, pray for us. See on Rom. xv. 30.
See on Acts, vi. 7. * Rom. xv. 31 : That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judæa.
See on Acts, xiii. 45.
Acts, xxviii. 24: And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. Rom. x. 16: But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
f See on 1 Cor. i. 9.
82 Pet. ii. 9: The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished. See on John, xvii. 15.
GAL. v. 10: 'I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye
il Chr. xxix. 18: O LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of
love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, kthat ye withdraw yourselves from 'every brother that walketh m disorderly, and not after the tradition 5 which ye received of us.
7 For yourselves know ° how ye ought to follow 6 us : for we P behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought ;' but I wrought with labour 8 and travail 9 night and day, that we might not be chargeable
of 9' Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any
would not work, neither should he eat.
5 teaching. Wi. institution. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. instruction. Gen. 6 imitate. Rh. We. Pu. 'gratis. Rh. weariness. Ham, Whit. 9 toil. Ham. Rh. Whit, fatigue. Pu.
Israel, our fathers, keep this for ever in the imagination of the thoughts of the heart of thy people, and prepare their heart unto thee.
k Ver. 14. 1 Tim. vi.5 : Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness : from such withdraw thyself. See on MAT. xviii. 17.
11 Cor. xi. 5, 13 : But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head : for that is even all one as if she were shaven. Judge in yourselves : is it comely that a woman pray unto. God uncovered ?
m Ver. 11, 12, 14; and on ver. 11.
See on 1 Cor. ix. 4, 6. s Ver. 7. See on 1 Cor. xi. 1. Gen. iii. 19: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread,
11 For we hear that there are some " which walk among you disorderly, 'working not at all, but are busybodies. 10
12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness " they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But
12 in well doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man,13 and * have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 » Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
10 busy themselves about that which belongs not to them. Ham. il silence. Wi. Rh. stillness. Pu. 12 faint hot. A. V. be not slothful. Pu. 13 signify that man by an epistle. A. V.
till thou return unto the ground. 1 Thes. iv. 11 : The words under ver. 11. u Ver. 6.
Acts, xx. 35: I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Eph. iv. 28 : Let him that stole steal no more : but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 1 Thes. iv. 11 : That ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. 1 Tim. v. 13: And withal they (the younger widows] learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 1 Pet. iv. 15: Let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
"1 Cor. xv. 58 : Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Gal. vi. 9 : Let us not be weary in well doing : for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
See on Mat. xviii. 17. y Lev. xix. 17: Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. Eph. v. 11 : Have 'no fellowship with
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always 14 by all means.15 The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle : so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.. Amen.
The second epistle to the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
Heverlasting peace. Wi, Rh. 18 in every place. Rh. Wh. in every manner. Pu.
the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 1 Thes. v. 14: Warn them that are unruly. 1 Tim. v. 20: Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. Tit. iii. 10: A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject.
2 See on Rom. xv. 33.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
Timothy was a native of Lystra, in Lycaonia : his father was a Gentile ; but his mother, whose name was Eunice, was a Jewess (Acts, xvi. 1), and educated her son with great care in her own religion (2 Tim. i. 5; ii. 15). Paul calls Timothy his
own son in the faith” (2 Tim. i. 2), from which expression it is inferred that Paul was the person who converted him to the belief of
the Gospel ; and as, upon Paul's second arrival at Lystra, Timothy is mentioned as being then a disciple, and as having distinguished himself among the Christians of that neighbourhood, his conversion, as well as that of Eunice his mother, and Lois his grandmother, must have taken place when St. Paul first preached at Lystra, in the year 46. Upon St. Paul's leaving Lystra, in the course of his second apostolical journey, he was induced to take Timothy with him, on account of his excellent character, and the zeal which, young as he was, he had already shown in the cause of Christianity.