1Th 2:1
2:1 For {1} yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you,
    that it was not in vain:

 (1) That which he mentioned before briefly concerning his
     apostleship, he handles now more at large, and to that end
     and purpose which we spoke of.

1Th 2:2
2:2 {2} But even after that we had suffered before, and were
    shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold
    in {a} our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much

 (2) The virtues of a true pastor are freely without fear to
     preach the Gospel, even in the midst of dangers.
     (a) Through God's gracious help.

1Th 2:3
2:3 {3} For our exhortation [was] not of deceit, nor of {b}
    uncleanness, nor in guile:

 (3) To teach pure doctrine faithfully and with a pure heart.
     (b) By any wicked and evil type of dealing.

1Th 2:4
2:4 {4} But as we were {c} allowed of God to be put in trust
    with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but
    God, which {d} trieth our hearts.

 (4) To approve his conscience to God, being free from all
     flattery and covetousness.
     (c) There is this difference between the judgments of God
         and the judgments of men, that when men choose, they
         give regard to the qualities of those things which
         stand before them, but God finds the reason of his
         counsel only in himself.  Therefore, it follows that
         seeing as we are not able to think a good thought, that
         whoever he first chooses to those callings, he does not
         find them able but indeed makes them able.  And
         therefore in that we are empowered of God, it depends
         upon his mercy.
     (d) Who approves and allows them.

1Th 2:6
2:6 {5} Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor [yet] of
    others, when we might have been {e} burdensome, as the
    apostles of Christ.

 (5) To submit himself even to the basest, to win them, and to
     avoid all pride.
     (e) When I might lawfully have lived upon the expenses of
         the churches.

1Th 2:7
2:7 But we were {f} gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth
    her children:

    (f) We were rough, and yet easy and gentle as a nurse that
        is neither seeking glory, nor covetous, but who takes
        all pains as patiently as if she were a mother.

1Th 2:8
2:8 {6} So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing
    to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but
    also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

 (6) To consider the flock that is committed to him as more
     important than his own life.

1Th 2:9
2:9 {7} For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for
    labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable
    unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.

 (7) To let go of his own rights, rather than to be a cost to
     his sheep.

1Th 2:10
2:10 {8} Ye [are] witnesses, and God [also], how holily and
     justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that

 (8) To excel others in the example of a godly life.

1Th 2:11
2:11 {9} As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged
     every one of you, as a father [doth] his children,

 (9) To exhort and comfort with a fatherly mind and affection.

1Th 2:12
2:12 {10} That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you
     unto his kingdom and glory.

 (10) To exhort all men diligently and earnestly to lead a godly

1Th 2:13
2:13 {11} For this cause also thank we God without ceasing,
     because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of
     us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is
     in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also
     in you that believe.

 (11) Having approved his ministry, he commends again (to that
      end and purpose that I spoke of) the cheerfulness of the
      Thessalonians which was due to his diligence in preaching,
      and their brave patience.

1Th 2:14
2:14 {12} For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of
     God which in Judaea are in {g} Christ Jesus: for ye also
     have suffered like things of your own {h} countrymen, even
     as they [have] of the Jews:

 (12) He strengthens and encourages them in their afflictions
      which they suffered among their own people, because they
      were afflicted by their own countrymen.  And this
      happened, he says, to the churches of the Jews, as well as
      to them: and therefore they ought to take it in good part.
      (g) Which Christ has gathered together.
      (h) Even from those who are from the same country and the
          same town that you are from.

1Th 2:15
2:15 {13} Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own
     prophets, and have persecuted us; {14} and they please not
     God, and are contrary to {i} all men:

 (13) He prevents an offence which might be taken, because the
      Jews especially above all others persecuted the Gospel.
      That is no new thing, he says, seeing that they slew
      Christ himself, and his Prophets, and have banished me
 (14) He foretells the utter destruction of the Jews, lest any
      man should be moved by their rebellion.
      (i) For the Jews would neither enter into the kingdom of
          God themselves, nor allow others to enter in.

1Th 2:16
2:16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be
     saved, to {k} fill up their sins alway: for the {l} wrath
     is come upon them to the uttermost.

     (k) Until that wickedness of theirs which they have by
         inheritance as it were of their fathers, has grown so
         great, that the measure of their iniquity being filled,
         God may come forth to wrath.
     (l) The judgment of God who was angry, which indeed
         appeared shortly after in the destruction of the city
         of Jerusalem, where many fled even out of various
         provinces, when it was besieged.

1Th 2:17
2:17 {15} But we, brethren, {m} being taken from you for a short
     time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more
     abundantly to see your face with great desire.

 (15) He meets with an objection, why he did not come to them
      immediately, being in such great misery: I often desired
      to, he says, and I was not able, but Satan hindered my
      endeavours, and therefore I sent Timothy my faithful
      companion to you, because you are most dear to me.
      (m) Were kept apart from you, and as it were orphans.