I wanted to visit you (1 Thess. 2:18)

“We wanted

To come to you.

Certainly I,

Paul,

Wanted to visit you

Again and again,

But Satan blocked our way.”

διότι ἠθελήσαμεν ἐλθεῖν πρὸς ὑμᾶς, ἐγὼ μὲν Παῦλος καὶ ἅπαξ καὶ δίς, καὶ ἐνέκοψεν ἡμᾶς ὁ Σατανᾶς.

Paul said, “We wanted to come to you (ἐλθεῖν πρὸς ὑμᾶς).  Certainly I (ἐγὼ μὲν), Paul (Παῦλος), wanted to visit you again and again (καὶ ἅπαξ καὶ δίς), but Satan (ὁ Σατανᾶς) blocked our way (καὶ ἐνέκοψεν ἡμᾶς).”  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἅπαξ, that means once or once for all.  Paul indicated that he wanted to go to visit the Thessalonians a few times, either once or twice or again and again.  Whatever the number of times, he was not able to make this visit.  He maintained that Satan had blocked him from going to Thessalonica, but it is unspecified how Satan was doing this.  Perhaps, it was the same evil forces that forced him to leave Thessalonica who were preventing him from returning.  Have you ever been prevented from going someplace you wanted to go to?

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