1 Thessalonians 2:18
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English Standard Version
because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.

King James Bible
Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

American Standard Version
because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For we would have come unto you, I Paul indeed, once and again: but Satan hath hindered us.

English Revised Version
because we would fain have come unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us.

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

Weymouth New Testament
On this account we wanted to come to you--at least I Paul wanted again and again to do so--but Satan hindered us.

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Vincent's Word Studies

We would (ἠθελήσαμεν)

Implying more than a mere inclination or desire. It was our will to come. See on Matthew 1:19.

IPaul

Not implying any less desire on the part of his associates, but emphasizing his own. See on the use of the epistolary plural, 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

Satan (Σατανᾶς)

From the Aramaic Satana, adversary. In the canonical lxx the name appears only three times, 1 Kings 11:14, 1 Kings 11:23, 1 Kings 11:25, and in each case is applied to a man. In lxx διάβολος is used, almost without exception, as the translation of the Hebrew Satan. Of 22 instances of διάβολος only 9 are outside of the book of Job. From the more general conception of an adversary, there is, in the O.T., a gradual development toward that of an evil personality. For instance, in 2 Samuel 24:1, the numbering of the people is ascribed to the anger of the Lord. The later historian, in 1 Chronicles 21:1, ascribes the act to Satan. See also Job, Wisd. 2:24; Zechariah 3:1. The specialising of the conception was due, in part, to the contact of the Jews with the religions of Babylon and Persia. In N.T. Satan appears as the personal spirit of evil - the same who is called the devil, the wicked one, the prince of the power of the air, the prince of this world, the serpent, the God of this world, the tempter. He tempts to evil, opposes God's work, inspires evil dispositions, torments God's people. The word Satan occurs only once in the Fourth Gospel, not in the Epistles, but often in Revelation. Mark never uses διάβολος, Matthew never Satan. Paul seldom διάβολος, often Satan. Satan alone in Pastorals. Luke uses both. It is clear that Paul here as elsewhere employs the word in a personal sense; but any attempt to base the doctrine of a personal devil on this and similar passages is unsafe.

Hindered (ἐνέκοψεν)

See on 1 Peter 3:7.

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even.

1 Corinthians 16:21 The salutation of me Paul with my own hand.

Colossians 4:18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

2 Thessalonians 3:17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is the token in every letter: so I write.

Philemon 1:9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech you, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

once.

Job 33:14 For God speaks once, yes twice, yet man perceives it not.

Philippians 4:16 For even in Thessalonica you sent once and again to my necessity.

Satan.

Zechariah 3:1,2 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him...

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

Romans 15:22 For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

2 Corinthians 11:12-14 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory...

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried...

Revelation 12:9-12 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world...

Cross References
Matthew 4:10
Then Jesus said to him, "Be gone, Satan! For it is written, "'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.'"

Romans 1:13
I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that I have often intended to come to you (but thus far have been prevented), in order that I may reap some harvest among you as well as among the rest of the Gentiles.

Romans 15:22
This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you.

Philippians 4:16
Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.

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