let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed…. No one can seriously maintain that there is an equal distribution of rewards and punishments on the earth. (2) people themselves believe that it is just that the wicked should be punished. If indeed, if so. Them that trouble you. Retail: $39.99. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. (3) it cannot be believed that God has uttered a threatening which he never meant to execute, or to appear before the universe as having held up before men the terror of the most awful punishment which could be inflicted, but which he never intended to carry into effect. God “will pay back trouble to those who trouble” His people. 2 Thessalonians 1:6 Preterist Commentary: The Trouble in v. 6 is the Persecution of Christians in the First Century. Brief an die Thessalonicher. Gen: from; dat: beside, in the presence of; acc: alongside of. Many a man goes to the grave having received no adequate punishment for his crimes. Confirming, in a hypothetical form, the assertion of God's judgment upon persecutors, 2 Thessalonians 1:5. Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; Deuteronomy 32:41-43 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me…, Psalm 74:22,23 Arise, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee daily…, Psalm 79:10-12 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? New International Version (NIV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access, 2 Thessalonians 1:6 in all English translations, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. Can that be wrong in him which is right in themselves? From ei and per; if perhaps. (1) it is inconceivable that God should threaten such punishment unless it were just. (3) if it is right to punish wickedness here, it is not wrong to punish it in the future world. Study This × Bible Gateway Plus. Why should that be wrong in another world which is right and proper in this? Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the. And so you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. More literally, if so be that. They are constantly making laws, and affixing penalties to them, and executing them, under the belief that it is right. How can it be reconciled with his perfections that he can hold up before mankind the assurance that any of them will be punished forever, unless it be right that it should be so? Who could have confidence in such a Being? Holy Scripture always sets forth the power of the human conscience to recognise Godâs principles of action: whatever is righteous for men is so for God, and vice versÃ¢. 2 Thessalonians is believed to have been written around A.D. 51 or 52. To give in return, recompense. In like manner, many a man lives a life of profligacy; or is an open scoffer; or aims to cast off the government of God; or is a seducer of innocence; and yet lives in the midst of wealth, and goes down in calmness and peace to the grave; Psalm 73:3-5; Job 21:23-33. It implies no doubt, but rhetorically puts a recognized fact as a supposition.
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