Matthew Henry Complete Commentary
on the Whole Bible
W I T H P R A C T I C A L O B S E R V A T I O N S,
OF THE SECOND EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO THE
T H E S S A L O N I A N S.
Second Epistle was written soon after the former, and seems to have
been designed to prevent a mistake, which might arise from some
passages in the former epistle, concerning the second coming of Christ,
as if it were near at hand. The apostle in this epistle is careful to
prevent any wrong use which some among them might make of those
expressions of his that were agreeable to the dialect of the prophets
of the Old Testament, and informs them that there were many
intermediate counsels yet to be fulfilled before that day of the Lord
should come, though, because it is sure, he had spoken of it as near.
There are other things that he writes about for their consolation under
sufferings, and exhortation and direction in duty.