New International Version
Instead, we were like young children among you. Just as a nursing mother cares for her children,
King James Bible
But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
Darby Bible Translation
but have been gentle in the midst of you, as a nurse would cherish her own children.
World English Bible
But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
Young's Literal Translation
But we became gentle in your midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
But we were gentle among you - Far from assuming the authority which we had, we acted towards you as a tender nurse or parent does to a delicate child. We fed, counselled, cherished, and bore with you; we taught you to walk, preserved you from stumbling, and led you in a right path.
Instead of ηπιοι, gentle, many MSS., and several versions and fathers, have νηπιοι, young children. But this never can be considered the original reading, the scope of the place being totally opposed to it. It is the Thessalonians whom the apostle considers as young children, and himself and fellow laborers as the nurse; he could with no propriety say that he was among them as a little child, while himself professed to be their nurse.
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THE WORD OF GOD "When ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the word of God." (1 Thessalonians 2:13.) THE Apostle here testifies that he believes himself to be the bearer of a revelation direct from God; that the words he speaks and the words he writes are not the words of man, but the Word of God, warm with his breath, filled with his thoughts, and stamped with his will. In this same epistle he writes: "For this we say unto …
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The Calling of the Regenerate:
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,
2 Timothy 2:24
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.
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