1 Thessalonians 3:1 DBY

1 Wherefore, being no longer able to refrain ourselves, we thought good to be left alone in Athens,

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  • a 3:2 - The reading here is perplexing, but it is either as translated, or 'our brother and minister of God.'
  • b 3:4 - Or 'we are to be,' that is, such is the lot of Christians; but 'told you beforehand' seems to make it applicable to the Thessalonians. I suspect both were in the apostle's mind; but it is added to ver. 3, and not the repetition of it.
  • c 3:6 - Or 'have good remembrance of us, always desiring much to see.'
  • d 3:7 - Epi with a dative. Here, and in 2Cor. 7.7, the apostle states what gave occasion for comfort to him -- the circumstance, not the cause. It is a similar construction in ver. 9: 'for all the joy.' We can say 'for' perhaps there, but it is the occasion of his thanksgiving; his thanksgiving was conditional; that was necessary to it as a condition precedent.
  • e 3:11 - The one article in Greek refers 'God and Father' to one person, without necessarily referring 'our' to more than Father, which it follows in Greek. 'Now may himself [who is] God and our Father.'
  • f 3:11 - Here 'direct' in Greek is in the singular; God the Father and Christ the Lord forming, so to speak, one in the apostle's mind, though, personally, clearly distinguished.
  • g 3:12 - 'You' is in contrast with 'our ... to you.'
  • h 3:13 - Hagiosune. See Note i at Rom. 1.4.