1 Thessalonians 3:9
New International Version
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you?

New Living Translation
How we thank God for you! Because of you we have great joy as we enter God’s presence.

English Standard Version
For what thanksgiving can we return to God for you, for all the joy that we feel for your sake before our God,

Berean Study Bible
How can we adequately thank God for you in return for our great joy over you in His presence?

Berean Literal Bible
For what thanksgiving are we able to give to God concerning you in return for all the joy that we rejoice before our God because of you,

King James Bible
For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

New King James Version
For what thanks can we render to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sake before our God,

New American Standard Bible
For what thanks can we give to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice because of you before our God,

NASB 1995
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

NASB 1977
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,

Amplified Bible
For what [adequate] thanks can we offer to God for you in return for all the joy and delight we have before our God on your account?

Christian Standard Bible
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience before our God because of you,

American Standard Version
For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For what thanks can we pay on your behalf to God, for every joy with which we rejoice because of you,

Contemporary English Version
How can we possibly thank God enough for all the happiness you have brought us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God,

English Revised Version
For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

Good News Translation
Now we can give thanks to our God for you. We thank him for the joy we have in his presence because of you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We can never thank God enough for all the joy you give us as we rejoice in God's presence.

International Standard Version
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we have in God's presence because of you?

Literal Standard Version
For what thanks are we able to repay to God for you, for all the joy with which we delight because of you in the presence of our God,

NET Bible
For how can we thank God enough for you, for all the joy we feel because of you before our God?

New Heart English Bible
For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;

Weymouth New Testament
For what thanksgiving on your behalf can we possibly offer to God in return for all the joy which fills our souls before our God for you,

World English Bible
For what thanksgiving can we render again to God for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God;

Young's Literal Translation
for what thanks are we able to recompense to God for you, for all the joy with which we do joy because of you in the presence of our God?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Timothy's Encouraging Report
8For now we can go on living, as long as you are standing firm in the Lord. 9 How can we adequately thank God for you in return for our great joy over you in His presence? 10Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and supply what is lacking from your faith.…

Cross References
Psalm 116:12
How can I repay the LORD for all His goodness to me?

1 Thessalonians 1:2
We always thank God for all of you, remembering you in our prayers


Treasury of Scripture

For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our God;

what.

1 Thessalonians 1:2,3
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; …

2 Samuel 7:18-20
Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? …

Nehemiah 9:5
Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah, Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.

for.

1 Thessalonians 3:7,8
Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: …

See on ch.

1 Thessalonians 2:19
For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?

before.

Deuteronomy 12:2,18
Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree: …

Deuteronomy 16:11
And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

2 Samuel 6:21
And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.









(9) For what thanks can we render.--An apology for the enthusiastic expressions used in the three foregoing verses. "I may call it a gospel, a balm for all anxieties, a new life, for what mode of thanksgiving could be deemed extravagant in such a case of joy?"

Before our God.--As in 1Thessalonians 1:3, the occasion on which the joy and thankfulness bursts out is "in prayer;" perhaps, in connection with thanksgiving, especially at the great Eucharistic Thanksgiving (1Corinthians 14:16), when he "stood before the Lord in a special manner (Acts 13:2; comp. Leviticus 1:3; Leviticus 1:11; Leviticus 3:1, et al). . . .

Verse 9. - For; assigning the reason of the declaration, "now we live." What thanks can we render to God again for you. As their steadfastness in the faith was owing to God's grace, thanks was to be rendered to God on their behalf. For all the joy; joy in all its fullness (comp. James 1:2, "Count it all joy"). Wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God. Giving prominence to the purity of their joy.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
How
Τίνα (Tina)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5101: Who, which, what, why. Probably emphatic of tis; an interrogative pronoun, who, which or what.

can we
δυνάμεθα (dynametha)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 1410: (a) I am powerful, have (the) power, (b) I am able, I can. Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.

[adequately] thank
εὐχαριστίαν (eucharistian)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 2169: Thankfulness, gratitude; giving of thanks, thanksgiving. From eucharistos; gratitude; actively, grateful language.

God
Θεῷ (Theō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

for
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

you
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

in return for
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

our great joy
χαίρομεν (chairomen)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 1st Person Plural
Strong's 5463: A primary verb; to be 'cheer'ful, i.e. Calmly happy or well-off; impersonally, especially as salutation, be well.

over
δι’ (di’)
Preposition
Strong's 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

you
ὑμᾶς (hymas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

in [His] presence?
ἔμπροσθεν (emprosthen)
Preposition
Strong's 1715: From en and pros; in front of (literally or figuratively) or time).


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