1 Thessalonians 1:9
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English Standard Version
For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,

King James Bible
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

American Standard Version
For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Douay-Rheims Bible
For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how you turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.

English Revised Version
For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

Webster's Bible Translation
For they themselves show of us what manner of entrance we had to you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God;

Weymouth New Testament
For when others speak of us they report the reception we had from you, and how you turned from your idols to God, to be bondservants of the true and ever-living God,

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Vincent's Word Studies

They themselves shew (αὐτοὶ ἀπαγγέλλουσιν)

They themselves in contrast with we, 1 Thessalonians 1:8. We need not speak of anything: they themselves volunteer testimony to your faith. Shew, more correctly announce or report.

Entering in (εἴσοδον)

Comp. 1 Thessalonians 2:1. The thought of 1 Thessalonians 1:5 is resumed. The repetition of the word in 1 Thessalonians 2:1, and of in vain in 1 Thessalonians 3:5, may point to expressions in a letter of the Thessalonians.

Unto you (πρὸς)

The preposition combines with the sense of direction that of relation and intercourse. Comp. Matthew 13:56; Mark 9:16; John 1:1; Acts 3:25; Colossians 4:5; Hebrews 9:20.

Ye turned unto God (ἐπεστρέψατε πρὸς τὸν Θεὸν)

Comp. Acts 14:15. The exact phrase only here. The verb is common in lxx, with both κύριον Lord and θεὸν God.

Idols

See on 1 Corinthians 8:3. The word would indicate that the majority of the converts were heathen and not Jews.

Living and true (ζῶντι καὶ ἀληθινῷ)

The only instance in N.T. of this collocation. It does not occur in O.T. For ἀληθινὸς genuine, see on John 1:9; see on John 4:37; see on John 7:28. Mostly in the Johannine writings.

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what.

1 Thessalonians 1:5,6 For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance...

1 Thessalonians 2:1,13 For yourselves, brothers, know our entrance in to you, that it was not in vain...

ye.

Isaiah 2:17-21 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low...

Jeremiah 16:19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come to you from the ends of the earth...

Zephaniah 2:11 The LORD will be terrible to them: for he will famish all the gods of the earth; and men shall worship him, every one from his place...

Zechariah 8:20-23 Thus said the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities...

Malachi 1:11 For from the rising of the sun even to the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles...

Acts 14:15 And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like passions with you...

Acts 26:17,18 Delivering you from the people, and from the Gentiles, to whom now I send you...

1 Corinthians 12:2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, even as you were led.

Galatians 4:8,9 However, then, when you knew not God, you did service to them which by nature are no gods...

the living.

Deuteronomy 5:26 For who is there of all flesh, that has heard the voice of the living God speaking out of the middle of the fire, as we have...

1 Samuel 17:26,36 And David spoke to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that kills this Philistine...

Psalm 42:2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 84:2 My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.

Isaiah 37:4,17 It may be the LORD your God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master has sent to reproach the living God...

Jeremiah 10:10 But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble...

Daniel 6:26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God...

Hosea 1:10 Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered...

Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said to them, You are not my people...

2 Corinthians 6:16,17 And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? for you are the temple of the living God; as God has said, I will dwell in them...

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men...

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Revelation 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication...

Cross References
Joshua 3:10
And Joshua said, "Here is how you shall know that the living God is among you and that he will without fail drive out from before you the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Hivites, the Perizzites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Jebusites.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Acts 14:15
"Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men, of like nature with you, and we bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.

1 Corinthians 12:2
You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.

1 Thessalonians 2:1
For you yourselves know, brothers, that our coming to you was not in vain.

1 John 5:21
Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

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