1 Thessalonians 2:11
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New American Standard Bible
just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

King James Bible
As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

Darby Bible Translation
as ye know how, as a father his own children, we used to exhort each one of you, and comfort and testify,

World English Bible
As you know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children,

Young's Literal Translation
even as ye have known, how each one of you, as a father his own children, we are exhorting you, and comforting, and testifying,

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

How we exhorted - That is, to a holy life.

And comforted - In the times of affliction.

And charged - Greek, "testified." The word testify is used here in the sense of protesting, or making an earnest and solemn appeal. They came as witnesses from God of the truth of religion, and of the importance of living in a holy manner They did not originate the gospel themselves, or teach its duties and doctrines as their own, but they came in the capacity of those who bore witness of what God had revealed and required, and they did this in the earnest and solemn manner which became such an office.

As a father doth his children - With an interest in your welfare, such as a father feels for his children, and with such a method as a father would use. It was not done in a harsh, dictatorial, and arbitrary manner, but in tenderness and love.

1 Thessalonians 2:11 Parallel Commentaries

Laboring under Difficulties
While Paul was careful to set before his converts the plain teaching of Scripture regarding the proper support of the work of God, and while he claimed for himself as a minister of the gospel the "power to forbear working" (1 Corinthians 9:6) at secular employment as a means of self-support, yet at various times during his ministry in the great centers of civilization he wrought at a handicraft for his own maintenance. Among the Jews physical toil was not thought strange or degrading. Through Moses
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Effectual Calling
'Them he also called.' Rom 8:80. Q-xxxi: WHAT IS EFFECTUAL CALLING? A: It is a gracious work of the Spirit, whereby he causes us to embrace Christ freely, as he is offered to us in the gospel. In this verse is the golden chain of salvation, made up of four links, of which one is vocation. Them he also called.' Calling is nova creatio, a new creation,' the first resurrection. There is a two-fold call: (1.) An outward call: (2.) An inward call. (1.) An outward call, which is God's offer of grace to
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Luke 16:28
for I have five brothers-- in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.'

1 Corinthians 4:14
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

1 Thessalonians 2:7
But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.

1 Thessalonians 4:6
and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you.

1 Thessalonians 5:14
We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

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