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1 Thessalonians 2:12

ESV we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
NIV encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.
NASB so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
CSB we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to walk worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
NLT We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.
KJV That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

What does 1 Thessalonians 2:12 mean?

This continues the father-children analogy Paul began in the prior verse, describing his ministry to the Thessalonians. Just as a father teaches and encourages his children, so Paul urged and encouraged the Thessalonian Christians to live in a way that would honor God, who had summoned them to partake of His kingdom and glory.

With his Jewish background Paul would have recalled the command God gave to the Israelite fathers before the nation entered the Promised Land. He charged them with the responsibility to teach His commandments, statutes, and rules "diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise" (Deuteronomy 6:7). Paul took his spiritual father status seriously and discharged his responsibility faithfully.

Proverbs 4 describes a wise father's instructions to his son and the son's responsibility to heed the instructions. The chapter begins with an exhortation: "Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight" (Proverbs 4:1). Like a wise father, Paul had instructed his spiritual children at Thessalonica.
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