New American Standard Bible
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
King James Bible
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.
Darby Bible Translation
because now we live if ye stand firm in the Lord.
World English Bible
For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
Young's Literal Translation
because now we live, if ye may stand fast in the Lord;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord - This is equivalent to saying, "My life and comfort depend on your stability in the faith, and your correct Christian walk;" compare Martial 6:70. Non est vivere, sed valere, vita - "Life consists not merely in living, but in the enjoyment of health." See also Seneca, Epis. 99, and Manilius, 1 Thessalonians 4:5, as quoted by Wetstein. The meaning here is, that Paul now enjoyed life; he had that which constituted real life, in the fact that they acted as became Christians, and so as to show that his labor among them had not been in vain. The same thing here affirmed is true of all faithful ministers of the gospel. They feel that they have something that may be called life, and that is worth living for, when those to whom they preach maintain a close walk with God.
Literature. I. Sources. The works of the Greek and Roman Classics from Homer to Virgil and the age of the Antonines. The monuments of Antiquity. The writings of the early Christian Apologists, especially Justin Martyr: Apologia I. and II.; Tertullian: Apologeticus; Minucius Felix: Octavius; Eusebius: Praeparatio Evangelica; and Augustine (d. 430): De Civitate Dei (the first ten books). II. Later Works. Is. Vossius: De theologia gentili et physiolog. Christ. Frcf. 1675, 2 vols. Creuzer (d. 1858): …
Philip Schaff—History of the Christian Church, Volume I
Paul at Corinth
1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Thessalonians 3:7
for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith;
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