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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6

Here we have an account of Paul's manner of preaching, and his comfortable reflection upon his entrance in among the Thessalonians. As he had the testimony of his own conscience witnessing to his integrity, so he could appeal to the Thessalonians how faithful he, and Silas, and Timotheus, his helpers in the work of the Lord, had discharged their office: You yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you. Note, It is a great comfort to a minister to have his own conscience and the... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

2:1-12 You yourselves know, brothers, that our coming among you was not to no effect; but after we had--as you know--already undergone suffering and ill-treatment at Philippi, we were bold in our God to tell you the good news of God, and a sore struggle we had. Our appeal to you did not proceed from any delusion, nor from impure motives, nor was it calculated to deceive; but as we have been deemed worthy by God to be entrusted with the good news, so we speak, not as if we were seeking to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:5

For neither at any time used we flattering words ,.... To introduce them into the affections, and gain the esteem and good will of men; they did not in their ministry deliver such things as flattered men with a good opinion of themselves: they did not preach up the purity of human nature, but on the contrary the doctrine of original sin, the imputation of Adam's transgression to his posterity, and the corruption of all human nature; they asserted the universal pollution of it, of all men,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 2:5

Flattering words - Though we proclaimed the Gospel or glad tidings, yet we showed that without holiness none should see the Lord. Ye know - That while we preached the whole Gospel we never gave any countenance to sin. For a cloak of covetousness - We did not seek temporal emolument; nor did we preach the Gospel for a cloak to our covetousness: God is witness that we did not; we sought you, not yours. Hear this, ye that preach the Gospel! Can ye call God to witness that in preaching... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 2:5

Verse 5 5For neither have we ever. It is not without good reason that he repeats it so frequently, that the Thessalonians knew that what he states is true. For there is not a surer attestation, than the experience of those with whom we speak. And this was of the greatest importance to them, because Paul relates with what integrity he had conducted himself, with no other intention, than that his doctrine may have the greater respect, for the building up of their faith. It is, however, a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

I. APPEAL TO THE RECOLLECTION OF THE THESSALONIANS . 1. His first appearance among them had not been in vain . Others had borne witness to its results. That testimony was true; the Thessalonians knew it themselves. The apostle appeals to them in all the confidence of Christian simplicity. Perfectly sincere and single-hearted himself, he knew that as a body they had appreciated the purity of his motives. They could bear testimony (he knew that they would gladly do so)... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

I. WHAT THE THESSALONIANS HAD FOUND THEIR PREACHING TO BE . 1. Not void of power . "For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto you, that it hath not been found vain." "For" goes back to the first of the two divisions given at the close of the previous chapter. This is indicated by the recurrence of the leading Greek word translated "entering in." It was said, "For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you." There is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:5

For ; confirming the statement that the preachers of the gospel did not seek to please men, but God. Neither at any time used we flattering words ; endeavoring to gain you by flattery and praise; we did not pander to your feelings; we did not soften the demands of the gospel. As ye know, nor a cloak— or pretext— of covetousness. We did not use the gospel as a pretext to mask our real motive, which was covetousness, pretending to seek your spiritual good, whereas in reality we sought... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 2:5-6

Man judges us by our outward conduct; God by our internal disposition. The apostle appeals to God as a witness of the purity of his motives. He asserts that he was free from all desire of personal fame or interest. Can we make the same appeal and the same assertion? 1. Are we influenced by unworthy motives? Is covetousness, the desire of fame, or the love of power, the mainspring of our life? 2. Or are we influenced by worthy motives? Do we seek to please, not man, but God? Is the... read more

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