1 Thessalonians 2:17
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English Standard Version
But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face,

King James Bible
But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

American Standard Version
But we, brethren, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence not in heart, endeavored the more exceedingly to see your face with great desire:

Douay-Rheims Bible
But we, brethren, being taken away from you for a short time, in sight, not in heart, have hastened the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

English Revised Version
But we, brethren, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more exceedingly to see your face with great desire:

Webster's Bible Translation
But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

Weymouth New Testament
But we, brethren, having been for a short time separated from you in bodily presence, though not in heart, endeavoured all the more earnestly, with intense longing, to see you face to face.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Being taken from you (ἀπορφανισθέντες)

N.T.o. olxx. Rev. better, being bereaved of you. From ὀρφανός bereft. See Mark 12:40, John 14:18; James 1:27. The word suggests the intimate personal fellowship of the writer with his readers. The separation was like that between parents and children. Comp. 1 Thessalonians 2:7, 1 Thessalonians 2:8.

For a short time (πρὸς καιρὸν ὥρας)

N.T.o. Lit. for the season of an hour. Comp. Lat. horae momentum. Stronger than the usual phrase πρὸς ὥραν for an hour: see 2 Corinthians 7:8; Galatians 2:5; Plm 1:15. Comp. πρὸς καιρὸν for a season, Luke 8:13; 1 Corinthians 7:5.

The more abundantly (περισσοτέρως)

Rev. the more exceedingly. Paul uses this adverb very freely, and outside of his letters it appears only Hebrews 2:1; Hebrews 13:19. He is much given to the use of comparatives, and sometimes heaps them together: see Romans 8:37; 2 Corinthians 7:13; 2 Corinthians 4:17; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 1:23.

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in presence.

2 Kings 5:26 And he said to him, Went not my heart with you, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to receive money...

Acts 17:10 And the brothers immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night to Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.

1 Corinthians 5:3 For I truly, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present...

Colossians 2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order...

endeavoured.

1 Thessalonians 3:6,10,11 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity...

Genesis 31:30 And now, though you would needs be gone, because you sore longed after your father's house, yet why have you stolen my gods?

Genesis 45:28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

Genesis 48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see your face: and, see, God has showed me also your seed.

2 Samuel 13:39 And the soul of king David longed to go forth to Absalom: for he was comforted concerning Amnon, seeing he was dead.

Psalm 63:1 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for you, my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land...

Luke 22:15 And he said to them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer:

Romans 1:13 Now I would not have you ignorant, brothers, that oftentimes I purposed to come to you...

Romans 15:23 But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you;

Philippians 1:22-26 But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I know not...

Cross References
Luke 12:58
As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison.

1 Corinthians 5:3
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing.

1 Thessalonians 3:10
as we pray most earnestly night and day that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking in your faith?

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