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2 Thessalonians 3:1

    2 Thessalonians 3:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    For the rest, my brothers, let there be prayer for us that the word of the Lord may go forward with increasing glory, even as it does with you;

    Webster's Revision

    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;

    World English Bible

    Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may spread rapidly and be glorified, even as also with you;

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:1

    Finally, brethren - The words το λοιπον do not mean finally, but, furthermore - to come to a conclusion - what remains is this - I shall only add - any of these phrases expresses the sense of the original.

    Pray for us - God, in the order of his grace and providence, has made even the success of his Gospel dependent, in a certain measure, on the prayers of his followers. Why he should do so we cannot tell, but that he has done so we know; and they are not a little criminal who neglect to make fervent supplications for the prosperity of the cause of God.

    May have free course - They were to pray that the doctrine of the Lord, ὁ λογος του Κυριου, might run, τρεχῃ, an allusion to the races in the Olympic games: that, as it had already got into the stadium or race course, and had started fairly, so it might run on, get to the goal, and be glorified; i.e., gain the crown, appointed for him that should get first to the end of the course.

    Barnes' Notes on 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. The gospel would spread rapidly in the earth if all the obstructions which men have put in its way were removed; and that they may be removed should be one of the constant subjects of prayer.

    And be glorified - Be honored; or appear to be glorious.

    As it is with you - It is evident from this that Paul met with some obstructions in preaching the gospel where he was then laboring. What they were, he mentions in the next verse. He was then at Corinth (see the introduction), and the history in the Acts of the Apostles informs us of the difficulties which he had to encounter there; see Acts 18.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Thessalonians 3:1

    3:1 May run - Go on swiftly, without any interruption. And be glorified - Acknowledged as divine, and bring forth much fruit.