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1 Thessalonians 2:15

ESV who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind
NIV who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to everyone
NASB who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out. They are not pleasing to God, but hostile to all people,
CSB who killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets and persecuted us. They displease God and are hostile to everyone,
NLT For some of the Jews killed the prophets, and some even killed the Lord Jesus. Now they have persecuted us, too. They fail to please God and work against all humanity
KJV Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men:

What does 1 Thessalonians 2:15 mean?

In this passage, Paul commends the Christians of Thessalonica for faithfully enduring persecution. Their conversion from idolatry to the truth (1 Thessalonians 1:9) would have angered many of their neighbors, family, and friends. The persecutors of the Thessalonians were the same kind of people who had crucified the Lord Jesus and martyred the Old Testament prophets. Jesus accused the unrepentant Jews of Jerusalem of killing the prophets and stoning God's messengers. He spoke of His constant willingness to show them His love and care, but they had rejected His offer. He even said, "How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not" (Luke 13:34).

Following in the succession of those who had rejected Jesus, unrepentant Jews had forced Paul and his team out of Thessalonica. Paul charged them with the sins of displeasing God and keeping others from hearing the gospel. It is bad enough to reject the gospel, but it worse to stand in the way of others who might otherwise hear, believe, and be saved.
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