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Commentary on Second Thessalonians

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1, 1–2 :

On the address, see the note on Rom 1, 1–7 and cf 1 Thes 1, 1 .

1, 3–12 :

On the thanksgiving, see the note on Rom 1, 8 and cf 1 Thes 1, 2–10 . Paul's gratitude to God for the faith and love of the Thessalonians ( 3 ) and his Christian pride in their faithful endurance ( 4–5 ) contrast with the condemnation announced for those who afflict them, a judgment to be carried out at the parousia ( 6–10 ), which is described in vivid language drawn from Old Testament apocalyptic. A prayer for the fulfillment of God's purpose in the Thessalonians ( 11–12 ) completes the section, as is customary in a Pauline letter (cf 1 Thes 1, 2–3 ).

1, 10 :

Among his holy ones: in the Old Testament, this term can refer to an angelic throng (cf also Jude 14 ), but here, in parallel with among all who have believed, it can refer to the triumphant people of God.

1, 12 :

The grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ: the Greek can also be translated, “the grace of our God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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