1 Thessalonians 3:1
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New International Version
So when we could stand it no longer, we thought it best to be left by ourselves in Athens.

King James Bible
Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone;

Darby Bible Translation
Wherefore, being no longer able to refrain ourselves, we thought good to be left alone in Athens,

World English Bible
Therefore, when we couldn't stand it any longer, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone,

Young's Literal Translation
Wherefore no longer forbearing, we thought good to be left in Athens alone,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Wherefore, when we could no longer, etc. - The apostle was anxious to hear of their state, and as he could obtain no information without sending a messenger express, he therefore sent Timothy from Athens; choosing rather to be left alone, than to continue any longer in uncertainty relative to their state.

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when.

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you...

1 Thessalonians 2:17 But we, brothers, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart...

Jeremiah 20:9 Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name...

Jeremiah 44:22 So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed...

2 Corinthians 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from there into Macedonia.

2 Corinthians 11:29,30 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn not...

we thought.

Acts 17:15 And they that conducted Paul brought him to Athens: and receiving a commandment to Silas and Timotheus for to come to him with all speed...

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Whether the Movement of the Saints Will be Instantaneous?
Objection 1: It would seem that movement of the saints will be instantaneous. For Augustine says (De Civ. Dei xxii, 30) that "wherever the spirit listeth there will the body be." Now the movement of the will, whereby the spirit wishes to be anywhere, is instantaneous. Therefore the body's movement will be instantaneous. Objection 2: Further, the Philosopher (Phys. iv, 8) proves that there is no movement through a vacuum, because it would follow that something moves instantaneously, since a vacuum
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

The Beginning of the New Testament
[Illustration: (drop cap T) Coin of Thessalonica] Turn to the list of books given in the beginning of your New Testament. You will see that first come the four Gospels, or glimpses of the Saviour's life given by four different writers. Then follows the Acts of the Apostles, and, lastly, after the twenty-one epistles, the volume ends with the Revelation. Now this is not the order in which the books were written--they are only arranged like this for our convenience. The first words of the New Testament
Mildred Duff—The Bible in its Making

Cross References
Acts 17:15
Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible.

Acts 17:16
While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.

1 Thessalonians 3:5
For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter had tempted you and that our labors might have been in vain.

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