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The Pulpit Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

"Finally, brethren." I. REQUEST FOR PRAYER ON BEHALF OF THE PREACHERS . 1 . For the diffusion and glorification of the Word of the Lord through their instrumentality. Diffusion. "Pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may run." The Word of the Lord is the Word as given by the Lord to be diffused. It is especially the offer of salvation to perishing men on the ground of Christ's work. The Thessalonians are asked to pray that the Word of the Lord, by their preaching,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

Finally, brethren, pray for us - That is, for Paul, Silas, and Timothy, then engaged in arduous labors at Corinth. This request for the prayers of Christians is one which Paul often makes; see the notes, 1 Thessalonians 5:25.That the word of the Lord may have free course - That is, the gospel. The margin is “run.” So also the Greek. The idea is, that it might meet with no obstruction, but that it might be carried abroad with the rapidity of a racer out of whose way every hindrance was removed.... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-4

2 Thessalonians 3:1-4. Finally, brethren, pray for us See on Colossians 4:3; that the word of the Lord may have free course Greek, τρεχη , may run, go on swiftly without any interruption; and be glorified Acknowledged as divine, and bring forth much fruit; even as it is with you This is a very high commendation of the Thessalonian brethren, and was designed to encourage them in their attachment to the gospel. And that we may be delivered Rescued and preserved; from unreasonable... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

2:13-3:18 PRESENT NEEDS IN THE CHURCHStability amid persecution (2:13-3:5)From considering the terrible judgment that awaits the wicked, Paul turns to look at the bright future that awaits the Thessalonian believers. God will destroy the man of lawlessness and his followers, but the same God loves the Thessalonian believers. Their salvation is certain because God chose them as his from eternity, called them to himself through the gospel, and will in due course give them a share in Christ’s... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

pray . App-134 . Paul is the only N.T. writer who asks the prayers of those to whom he writes. See Romans 15:30 . 2 Corinthians 1:11 .Ephesians 6:19 . Philippians 1:1 , Philippians 1:19 . Colossians 4:3 .Philemon 1:22 .Hebrews 13:18 . that = in order that. Greek. hina . word . App-121 . Lord . App-98 . have, &c . = run and be glorified. By Figure of speech Hendiadys ( App-6 ) = triumph gloriously. with . App-104 . Compare Acts 13:48 . you . Add "also". read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

2 THESS. 3Following the prayer which concluded the previous chapter, Paul, in this, urgently requested that the Thessalonians would continue to pray for him (2 Thessalonians 3:1-5). Various practical exhortations were then given (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15), especially with regard to busybodies and idlers. Paul's autographic attestation and benediction (2 Thessalonians 3:16-18) conclude the letter.Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

2 Thessalonians 3:1.— The apostle now proceeds to the close of his epistle; and as he had so often and so ardently prayed for his Thessalonians, he here begs their prayers for him and his fellow-labourers in the gospel; and as having upon his mind a continual sense of their distresses, he again intimates, that under all their discouragements they ought to remember, that though so many of mankind would prove faithless, the Lord Jesus Christ would prove faithful; and they ought to imitate, obey,... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

1. Finally—literally, "As to what remains." may have free course—literally, "may run"; spread rapidly without a drag on the wheels of its course. That the new-creating word may "run," as "swiftly" as the creative word at the first (Psalms 147:15). The opposite is the word of God being "bound" (Psalms 147:15- :). glorified—by sinners accepting it (Acts 13:48; Galatians 1:23; Galatians 1:24). Contrast "evil spoken of" (1 Peter 4:14). as it is with you— (1 Thessalonians 1:6; 1 Thessalonians 4:10;... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

"Finally" introduces the last major section of the epistle. As was so often his custom, Paul first exhorted his readers to pray (1 Timothy 2:1-2; cf. 1 Thessalonians 5:25; et al.). He realized that God will work in response to the requests of His people. To fail to pray is to fail to receive God’s blessings (James 4:2). Specifically, Paul asked the Thessalonians to ask God to facilitate the rapid and wide dissemination of the gospel and thus glorify His Word. Paul’s readers had seen God do this... read more

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