1 Thessalonians 3:10
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New International Version
Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.

New Living Translation
Night and day we pray earnestly for you, asking God to let us see you again to fill the gaps in your faith.

English Standard Version
as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

New American Standard Bible
as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?

King James Bible
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
as we pray very earnestly night and day to see you face to face and to complete what is lacking in your faith?

International Standard Version
We pray very hard night and day that we may see you again face to face, so that we may equip you with whatever is lacking in your faith.

NET Bible
We pray earnestly night and day to see you in person and make up what may be lacking in your faith.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Except that before God, we pray all the more earnestly, night and day, to see your faces, and perfect whatever is lacking in your faith?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We pray very hard night and day that we may see you again so that we can supply whatever you still need for your faith.

Jubilee Bible 2000
night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face and might complete that which is lacking in your faith?

King James 2000 Bible
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

American King James Version
Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

American Standard Version
night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Night and day more abundantly praying that we may see your face, and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?

Darby Bible Translation
night and day beseeching exceedingly to the end that we may see your face, and perfect what is lacking in your faith?

English Revised Version
night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

Webster's Bible Translation
Night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

Weymouth New Testament
while night and day, with intense earnestness, we pray that we may see your faces, and may bring to perfection whatever may be still lacking in your faith?

World English Bible
night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

Young's Literal Translation
night and day exceedingly beseeching, that we might see your face, and perfect the things lacking in your faith.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:6-10 Thankfulness to God is very imperfect in the present state; but one great end of the ministry of the word is to help faith forward. That which was the instrument to obtain faith, is also the means of increasing and confirming it, namely, the ordinances of God; and as faith cometh by hearing, so it is confirmed by hearing also.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Night and day (comp. 1 Thessalonians 2:9) praying exceedingly. Denoting the intense earnestness and anxiety of the apostle for the spiritual welfare of the Thessalonians, that found vent to itself in incessant prayer for them. Now follows the subject-matter of his prayer. That we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith. The faith of the Thessalonians was not perfect; it was "lacking" in several respects. It was defective in extent; they were ignorant of many of the doctrines of the gospel, and had formed erroneous views of other doctrines, such as the second advent. It was defective in application; they had not yet renounced all the corrupt practices of their former heathen life, nor had they embodied all the precepts of the gospel into their actual life. The Thessalonians were as yet but novices. So also the reason which impelled Paul to wish to come to Rome was to supply that which was lacking in the faith of the Roman converts (Romans 1:11). Confirmation was a work in which the apostle delighted, being both important and desirable. In general, faith at first is weak and defective; it is only developed by degrees. Especially is it increased by every increase of spiritual knowledge. "Add to your faith knowledge" (2 Peter 1:5, 6). The remark of Calvin is worthy of attention: "Paul is desirous of having the opportunity given him of supplying what is wanting in the faith of the Thessalonians, or, which is the same thing, completing in all its parts their faith which was as yet imperfect. Yet this is the faith which he had previously extolled marvelously. From this we infer that those who far surpass others are still far distant from the goal. Hence, whatever progress we may have made, let us keep in view our deficiencies, that we may not be reluctant to aim at something further."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Night and day praying exceedingly,.... This good news, not only comforted their hearts, and revived their spirits, and filled them with joy and thankfulness, but also sent them to the throne of grace to pray without ceasing, continually, night and day, and as often as they went thither, and that with great fervency and earnestness, in a multitude of petitions; or, as the Arabic version renders it, "with prayers exceeding a multitude"; with innumerable requests:

that we might see your face: once more, and converse face to face:

and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? in the grace of faith; for though they remembered their work of faith with pleasure, and had had good tidings of it very lately, and were thankful that it grew exceedingly as it did, yet they knew it was not perfect, there was unbelief attending them: and though it is God's work to increase faith, as well as to produce it, yet, as the ministry of the word is the means of the first planting of it, so it also is of the increase of it. This may likewise be understood of the doctrine of faith, which though they had received in the love of it, and had made considerable progress in their knowledge of it; yet they knew but in part, and needed to be taught the way of God, and truths of the Gospel more perfectly; and the ministry of the word is for the perfecting of the saints in the knowledge of the Son of God, and of other truths; wherefore the apostle desired greatly to see them, that he might be an instrument of instructing them, more perfectly in the knowledge of divine things; and in this, and in the following epistle, he does particularly instruct them about the rise and fall of antichrist, the coming of Christ and the resurrection of the dead, articles of faith in which they seemed to have been deficient: but now, though these saints had deficiencies in their faith, yet they were not what the Jews call (o) , "such as are deficient in faith", or want faith entirely, a phrase somewhat like this which is here used.

(o) Maimon. Hilch. Mechira, c. 7. sect. 8, 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Night and day—(See on [2446]1Th 2:9). Night is the season for the saint's holiest meditations and prayers (2Ti 1:3).

praying—connected with, "we joy"; we joy while we pray; or else as Alford, What thanks can we render to God while we pray? The Greek implies a beseeching request.

exceedingly—literally, "more than exceeding abundantly" (compare Eph 3:20).

that which is lacking—Even the Thessalonians had points in which they needed improvement [Bengel], (Lu 17:5). Their doctrinal views as to the nearness of Christ's coming, and as to the state of those who had fallen asleep, and their practice in some points, needed correction (1Th 4:1-9). Paul's method was to begin by commending what was praiseworthy, and then to correct what was amiss; a good pattern to all admonishers of others.

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Timothy's Encouraging Report
9For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith? 11Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;…
Cross References
1 Samuel 12:23
As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for you. And I will teach you the way that is good and right.

2 Corinthians 13:9
We are glad whenever we are weak but you are strong; and our prayer is that you may be fully restored.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.

1 Thessalonians 2:17
But, brothers and sisters, when we were orphaned by being separated from you for a short time (in person, not in thought), out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.

2 Timothy 1:3
I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers.
Treasury of Scripture

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Acts 26:7 To which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and …

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Revelation 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and …

praying.

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct …

1 Thessalonians 2:17,18 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, …

Romans 1:10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have a prosperous …

Romans 15:30-32 Now I beseech you, brothers, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and …

Philemon 1:22 But with prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your …

might perfect.

Romans 1:11,12 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, …

2 Corinthians 1:15,24 And in this confidence I was minded to come to you before, that you …

2 Corinthians 13:9,11 For we are glad, when we are weak, and you are strong: and this also …

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue …

Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all …

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, salutes you, always …

2 Thessalonians 1:11 Why also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy …

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