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2 Thessalonians 3:2 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for all have not faith.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all [men] have not faith.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all [men] have not faith.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and that we may be delivered from bad and evil men, for faith [is] not [the portion] of all.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— And that we may be rescued from the presuming and wicked men; for, not all, hold the faith.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and that we may be delivered from the unreasonable and evil men, for the faith [is] not of all;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And that we may be delivered from importunate and evil men: for all men have not faith.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And that we may bee deliuered from vnreasonable and wicked men: for all men haue not faith.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And that we may be delivered from wicked men and perverse; for every man hath not faith.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— and that we may be delivered from evil and perverse men; for faith is not in all.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
that 2443
{2443} Prime
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
we may be delivered 4506
{4506} Prime
Middle voice of an obsolete verb, akin to G4482 (through the idea of a current; compare G4511); to rush or draw (for oneself), that is, rescue.
<5686> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 219
from 575
{0575} Prime
A primary particle; 'off', that is, away (from something near), in various senses (of place, time, or relation; literally or figuratively).
unreasonable 824
{0824} Prime
From G0001 (as a negative particle) and G5117; out of place, that is, (figuratively) improper, injurious, wicked.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
wicked 4190
{4190} Prime
From a derivative of G4192; hurtful, that is, evil (properly in effect or influence, and thus differing from G2556, which refers rather to essential character, as well as from G4550, which indicates degeneracy from original virtue); figuratively calamitous; also (passively) ill, that is, diseased; but especially (morally) culpable, that is, derelict, vicious, facinorous; neuter (singular) mischief, malice, or (plural) guilt; masculine (singular) the devil, or (plural) sinners.
men: 444
{0444} Prime
From G0435 and ὤψ [[ops]] (the countenance; from G3700); manfaced, that is, a human being.
for 1063
{1063} Prime
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
all 3956
{3956} Prime
Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.
[men] have not 3756
{3756} Prime
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
faith. 4102
{4102} Prime
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

2 Thessalonians 3:2

_ _ that we ... be delivered from unreasonable ... men — literally, men out of place, inept, unseemly: out of the way bad: more than ordinarily bad. An undesigned coincidence with Acts 18:5-9. Paul was now at Corinth, where the JEWS “opposed themselves” to his preaching: in answer to his prayers and those of his converts at Thessalonica and elsewhere, “the Lord, in vision,” assured him of exemption from “the hurt,” and of success in bringing in “much people.” On the unreasonable, out-of-the way perversity of the Jews, as known to the Thessalonians, see 1 Thessalonians 2:15, 1 Thessalonians 2:16.

_ _ have not faith — or as Greek, “the faith” of the Christian: the only antidote to what is “unreasonable and wicked.” The Thessalonians, from their ready acceptance of the Gospel (1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 Thessalonians 1:6), might think “all” would similarly receive it; but the Jews were far from having such a readiness to believe the truth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

2 Thessalonians 3:2

All men have not faith — And all men who have not are more or less unreasonable and wicked men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

2 Thessalonians 3:2

And that we may be delivered from (a) unreasonable and wicked men: (2) for all [men] have not faith.

(a) Who do not do or care about their duty. (2) It is no wonder that the Gospel is hated by so many, seeing that faith is a rare gift of God. Nonetheless, the Church will never be destroyed by the multitude of the wicked, because it is grounded and stayed upon the faithful promise of God.

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Romans 15:31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which [I have] for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;
1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: ... Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver [us];
1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
2 Timothy 4:17 Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and [that] all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

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Deuteronomy 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end [shall be]: for they [are] a very froward generation, children in whom [is] no faith.
Matthew 17:17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
John 2:23-25 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast [day], many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. ... And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.
Acts 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.
Acts 13:50 But the Jews stirred up the devout and honourable women, and the chief men of the city, and raised persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of their coasts.
Acts 14:2 But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.
Acts 17:5 But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.
Acts 28:24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.
Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: ... In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
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Dt 32:20. Mt 17:17; 23:23. Lk 18:8. Jn 2:23. Ac 13:45, 50; 14:2; 17:5; 28:24. Ro 10:16; 15:31. 1Co 15:32. 2Co 1:8; 4:3. 1Th 2:18. 2Ti 4:17.

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