2:6 nor to seek glory from people, either from you or from others, 2:7 1 although we could have imposed our weight as apostles of Christ; instead we became 2 little children 3 among you. Like a nursing mother caring for her own children,
1 Thessalonians 2:10Context
2:10 You are witnesses, and so is God, as to how holy and righteous and blameless our conduct was toward you who believe.
1 tn Punctuating vv. 6 and 7 is difficult. One must consider the difficult textual problem of v. 7 (see tc note on the word “children” in that verse) as well as the grammar of the verse. In the translation above, “little children” is understood to be a predicate nominative connected to the verb “became.” This allows a full stop to be placed at the end of v. 6 and before the phrase “like a nursing mother” in v. 7. This separates the two metaphors which impact the textual problem and allows for greater clarity in the way the sentence is read.
2 tn Or “were,” “proved to be.”
3 tc The variant ἤπιοι (hpioi, “gentle”) has fair support (א2 A C2 D2 Ψc 0278 33 1739 1881 Ï), but νήπιοι (nhpioi, “little children”) has significantly stronger backing (Ì65 א* B C* D* F G I Ψ* pc it bo). It is not insignificant that the earliest Alexandrian and Western witnesses in support of ἤπιοι are actually not Alexandrian or Western; they are the second correctors of Alexandrian and Western