1 Thessalonians 2:7
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.

King James Bible
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

American Standard Version
But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children:

English Revised Version
But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children:

Webster's Bible Translation
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

Weymouth New Testament
On the contrary, in our relations to you we showed ourselves as gentle as a mother is when she tenderly nurses her own children.

1 Thessalonians 2:7 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

Gentle (ἤπιοι)

This reading is adopted by Tischendorf, Weiss, and the Rev. T. Westcott and Hort read νήπιοι babes. This gives a stronger and bolder image, and one which falls in better with the course of thought, in which Paul is asserting his innocence of guile and flattery, and not of harshness.

Among you (ἐν μέσῳ ὑμῶν)

Better, and more literally, in the midst of you, which implies more intimate intercourse than among you. Comp. Luke 22:27.

Nurse (τροφός)

N.T.o. In Class. sometimes of a mother, and so probably here. See Galatians 4:19.

Cherisheth (θάλπῃ)

Po. Here and Ephesians 5:29. The verb originally means to warm. See lxx, Deuteronomy 22:6.

Her own children

Note the inversion of metaphor. Paul is first the babe, then the nurse or mother. For similar instances see 1 Thessalonians 5:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:4; 2 Corinthians 3:13-16; Romans 7:1 ff. See Introduction to 2 Corinthians, Vol. 3, p. 19.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

we.

Genesis 33:13,14 And he said to him, My lord knows that the children are tender, and the flocks and herds with young are with me...

Isaiah 40:11 He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom...

Ezekiel 34:14-16 I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold...

Matthew 11:29,30 Take my yoke on you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest to your souls...

John 21:15-17 So when they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me more than these? He said to him, Yes...

1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

2 Corinthians 10:1 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you...

2 Corinthians 13:4 For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in him...

Galatians 5:22,23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith...

2 Timothy 2:24,25 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle to all men, apt to teach, patient...

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits...

as.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 As you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,

Numbers 11:12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that you should say to me, Carry them in your bosom...

Isaiah 49:23 And kings shall be your nursing fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers...

Isaiah 66:13 As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

Acts 13:18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.

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Cross References
Galatians 4:19
my little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!

1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know how, like a father with his children,

2 Timothy 2:24
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil,

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