1 Thessalonians 2:4-7

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.

For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak for covetousness—God is witness.

Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, when we might have made demands as apostles of Christ.

But we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children.

approved (v.1) = tested, examined, proved, or to accept after the proving has been accomplished

entrusted (v.1) = had faith in,

not as pleasing men (v.4) — tense is present continuous, expressing an aim — Paul’s aim was not to please men but to please God — Galatians 1:10

tests (v.1) = same word translated “approved” earlier in the verse

flattering words (v.5) = cajolery; i.e., an attempt to persuade by use of insincere speech — Ryrie

cloak (v.5) = pretext, excuse — something used to hide one’s true motives

covetousness (v.5) = a desire to have more, always (in the New Testament) in a bad sense

In regards to flattery, which is external, Paul appealed to his listeners. In regards to motive, which is internal and hidden, Paul appealed to God (v.5).

glory (v.6) = honor, renown, and, perhaps, the material rewards that result

or from others (v.6) — During their short stay at Thessalonica the missionaries had received supplies at least twice from the church at Philippi (Philippians 4:16); but the church at Thessalonica must not be allowed to suppose that these gifts had been sent in response to appeals. No appeal had been made save to God (Philippians 4:6). — Vine, page 32

when we might have (v.6) — “when we had the right, or authority, to”

demands (v.6) — for material support

apostles of Christ (v.6) — Paul is apparently including Silas and Timothy here — 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

gentle (v.7) = (referring to speech) placid, mild, using calming words

cherishes (v.7) — used of birds covering their young with their feathers

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