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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

In these words the apostle mentions the great duties, I. Of brotherly love. This he exhorts them to increase in yet more and more. The exhortation is introduced, not with a compliment, but with a commendation, because they were remarkable in the exercise of it, which made it less needful that he should write to them about it, 1 Thess. 4:9. Thus by his good opinion of them he insinuated himself into their affections, and so made way for his exhortation to them. Note, We should take notice of... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

4:9-12 You do not need that I should write to you about brotherly love; for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another. Indeed you do this very thing to all the brothers who are in the whole of Macedonia. But we do urge you, brothers, to go on to more and more, and to aim at keeping calm and minding your own business. We urge you to work with your hands, as we instructed you to do, so that your behaviour may seem to those outside the Church a lovely thing and so that you may need no... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:11

And that ye study to be quiet ,.... To live peaceably in their own families, and to give no disturbance to other families, by talebearing, whispering, and backbiting; to behave with quietness in the neighbourhood, town, or city, they dwell in, and to seek the peace thereof; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness and honesty, in the commonwealth, and under the government to which they belong; and not to create and encourage factions, divisions, animosities, and contentions,... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:11

That ye study to be quiet - Though in general the Church at Thessalonica was pure and exemplary, yet there seem to have been some idle, tattling people among them, who disturbed the peace of others; persons who, under the pretense of religion, gadded about from house to house; did not work, but were burdensome to others; and were continually meddling with other people's business, making parties, and procuring their bread by religious gossiping. To these the apostle gives those directions... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Verse 11 11Maintain Peace. I have already stated that this clause must be separated from what goes before, for this is a new sentence. Now, to be at peace, means in this passage — to act peacefully and without disturbance, as we also say in French — sans bruit , (without noise.) In short, he exhorts them to be peaceable and tranquil. This is the purport of what he adds immediately afterwards — to do your own business: for we commonly see, that those who intrude themselves with forwardness into... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:11

And that ye study ; literally, that ye be ambitious. To be quiet ; to avoid unrest, to live in peace. Worldly ambition excludes quietness and prompts to restlessness; so that the apostle's admonition really is, "that ye be ambitious not to be ambitious." The unrest which disturbed the peace of the Thessalonian Church was not political, but religions; it arose from the excitement naturally occasioned by the entrance of the new feeling of Christianity among them. It would also appear that... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Thessalonians 4:11

And that ye study to be quiet - Orderly, peaceful; living in the practice of the calm virtues of life. The duty to which he would exhort them was that of being subordinate to the laws; of avoiding all tumult and disorder; of calmly pursuing their regular avocations, and of keeping themselves from all the assemblages of the idle, the restless, and the dissatisfied. No Christian should be engaged in a mob; none should be identified with the popular excitements which lead to disorder and to the... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12. As touching brotherly love That peculiar affection which one disciple of Christ owes to another; ye need not so much that I should write unto you; for ye yourselves Independent of any teaching of mine; are taught of God By his Spirit; to love one another In an especial manner, even with pure hearts fervently, 1 Peter 1:22. And indeed ye do it And not only with respect to the brethren in your own city, but toward all who are in Macedonia All the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

4:1-12 TEACHING ABOUT MARRIAGE AND WORKGod’s will is that there be continual progress in the lives of believers, leading them to increasing holiness. As they try more to please God, they will become increasingly different from those who do not know God (4:1-3a).For example, in relations between the sexes, Christians will not be uncontrolled as the pagans are, but will restrain their sexual passions (3b-5). If they commit immoral acts they shame themselves and harm others. They also sin against... read more

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