1 Thessalonians 2:11

11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

1 Thessalonians 2:11 in Other Translations

11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
11 For you know how, like a father with his children,
11 And you know that we treated each of you as a father treats his own children.
11 You experienced it all firsthand. With each of you we were like a father with his child,
11 As you know, like a father with his own children,

1 Thessalonians 2:11 Meaning and Commentary

1 Thessalonians 2:11

As you know
This is added to the end of the last verse in the Arabic version, and which begins this verse thus, "as one of you, and as a father comforting his sons, so we" but for what is said in the former verse, an appeal is made both to God and to the Thessalonians, so that there is no need of adding such a clause there; it properly stands here in connection with what follows,

how we exhorted;
to flee from wrath to come, and to Christ for refuge; to look to, and believe in him, as the only Saviour of lost sinners; to perform the duties of religion, and to continue in the faith; to cleave to Christ, and walk on in him as they had received him, and to abide by the truths and ordinances of the Gospel they had embraced:

and comforted;
under a sense of sin, with the soul comforting doctrines of free justification by the righteousness of Christ, of full pardon by his blood, and of a plenary satisfaction and atonement by his sacrifice; and under all their afflictions and persecutions for the sake of Christ, with exceeding great and precious promises of the presence, grace, and strength of Christ here, and glory hereafter:

and charged everyone of you;
not only publicly, but privately, going from house to house; not in an austere and domineering way, but with the greatest tenderness, and yet faithfulness: even

as a father doth his children;
not only in an authoritative, but in an affectionate way, and also with solid wisdom and judgment; for in such a relation, in a Spiritual sense, did the apostle and his fellow ministers stand in to them; see ( 1 Corinthians 4:15 ) and the substance of the charge is as follows:

1 Thessalonians 2:11 In-Context

9 Surely you remember, brothers and sisters, our toil and hardship; we worked night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone while we preached the gospel of God to you.
10 You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
11 For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
13 And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.

Cross References 1

  • 1. ver 7; 1 Corinthians 4:14; Galatians 4:19; S 1 Timothy 1:2; Philemon 10; S 1 John 2:1