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1 Thessalonians 5:12

    1 Thessalonians 5:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And we beseech you, brothers, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But we make this request to you, my brothers: give attention to those who are working among you, who are over you in the Lord to keep order among you;

    Webster's Revision

    But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    World English Bible

    But we beg you, brothers, to know those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But we beseech you, brethren, to know them that labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

    Definitions for 1 Thessalonians 5:12

    Admonish - To instruct; advise; warn.
    Beseech - To call upon; appeal; beg.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:12

    Know them - Act kindly towards them; acknowledge them as the messengers of Christ; and treat them with tenderness and respect. This is a frequent meaning of the word γινωσκω. See on John 1:10 (note).

    Them which labor among you - The words τους κοπιωντας have appeared to some as expressing those who had labored among them; but as it is the participle of the present tense, there is no need to consider it in this light. Both it and the word προΐσταμενους, the superintendents, refer to persons then actually employed in the work of God. These were all admonishers, teachers, and instructers of the people, devoting their time and talents to this important work.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Thessalonians 5:12

    And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you - Who they were is not mentioned. It is evident, however, that the church was not left without appointed persons to minister to it when its founders should be away. We know that there were presbyters ordained over the church at Ephesus, and over the churches in Crete (Acts 20:17; Titus i. 5), and that there were bishops and deacons at Philippi Philippians 1:1, and there is every reason to believe that similar officers would be appointed in every newly organized church, The word "know" seems to mean that they were not to make themselves strangers to them - to be cold and distant toward them - to be ignorant of their needs, or to be indifferent to them. While a people are not obtrusively to intermeddle with the business of a minister, anymore than they are with that of any other man, yet there are things in regard to him with which they should be acquainted. They should seek to be personally acquainted with him, and make him their confidant and counselor in their spiritual troubles. They should seek his friendship, and endeavor to maintain all proper contact with him. They should not regard him as a distant man, or as a stranger among them. They should so far understand his circumstances as to know what is requisite to make him comfortable, and should be on such terms that they may readily and cheerfully furnish what he needs. And they are to "know" or regard him as their spiritual teacher and ruler; not to be strangers to the place where he preaches the word of life, and not to listen to his admonitions and reproofs as those of a stranger, but as those of a pastor and friend.

    Which labour among you - There is no reason to suppose, as many have done, that the apostle here refers to different classes of ministers. He rather refers to different parts of the work which the same ministers perform. The first is, that they "labor" - that is, evidently, in preaching the gospel. For the use of the word, see John 4:38, where it occurs twice; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 1 Corinthians 16:16. The word is one which properly expresses wearisome toil, and implies that the office of preaching is one that demands constant industry.

    And are over you in the Lord - That is, by the appointment of the Lord, or under his direction. They are not absolute sovereigns, but are themselves subject to one who is over them - the Lord Jesus. On the word here rendered "are over you" (προΐσταμένους proistamenous) see the notes on Romans 12:8, where it is translated "ruleth."

    And admonish you - The word here used (νουθετέω noutheteō) is rendered "admonish," and "admonished," in Romans 15:14; Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:15; and warn, and warning, 1 Corinthians 4:14; Colossians 1:28; 1 Thessalonians 5:14. It does not elsewhere occur in the New Testament. It means, to put in mind; and then to warn, entreat, exhort. It is a part of the duty of a minister to put his people in mind of the truth; to warn them of danger; to exhort them to perform their duty; to admonish them if they go astray.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Thessalonians 5:12

    5:12 Know them that, Labour among you: Are over you in the Lord: Admonish you. Know - See, mark, take knowledge of them and their work. Sometimes the same person may both labour, that is, preach; be over, or govern; and admonish the flock by particular application to each: sometimes two or more different persons, according as God variously dispenses his gifts. But O, what a misery is it when a man undertakes this whole work without either gifts or graces for any part of it! Why, then, will he undertake it? for pay? What! will he sell both his own soul and all the souls of the flock? What words can describe such a wretch as this? And yet even this may be an honourable man!