We were separated (1 Thess. 2:17)

“Brothers!

For a short time,

We were separated from you,

In person,

Not in heart.

With great eagerness,

We have a great desire

To see you

Face to face.”

Ἡμεῖς δέ, ἀδελφοί, ἀπορφανισθέντες ἀφ’ ὑμῶν πρὸς καιρὸν ὥρας προσώπῳ οὐ καρδίᾳ, περισσοτέρως ἐσπουδάσαμεν τὸ πρόσωπον ὑμῶν ἰδεῖν ἐν πολλῇ ἐπιθυμίᾳ.

Paul said, “Brothers (ἀδελφοί)!  For a short time (πρὸς καιρὸν ὥρας), we (Ἡμεῖς δέ) were separated (ἀπορφανισθέντες) from you (ἀφ’ ὑμῶν), in person (προσώπῳ), not in heart (οὐ καρδίᾳ).  With great (περισσοτέρως) eagerness (ἐσπουδάσαμεν) we have a great desire (ἐν πολλῇ ἐπιθυμίᾳ) to see you face to face (τὸ πρόσωπον ὑμῶν ἰδεῖν).”  Only this letter to the Thessalonians used this unique word ἀπορφανισθέντες, that means to be bereaved or separated from someone.  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἐσπουδάσαμεν, that means to make haste, to give diligence, eager, or zealous.  Paul was upset that he had to be separated from the followers of Jesus Christ at Thessalonica.  Apparently, it was only a short time.  However, although they were not in person, he still held them deeply in his heart.  He had a great desire to see the people of Thessalonica face to face.  This might have been an allusion to his very quick departure from Thessalonica by night in Acts, chapter 17:10, since Paul did not get to say goodbye to them.  Do you feel separated from a certain group of people?

One thought on “We were separated (1 Thess. 2:17)

  1. Thank you for your hard work.

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