“Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.”
King James Version (KJV)
2:18 Satan - By those persecuting Jews, #Acts 17:13|.
1Th 2:18 We would have come unto you. Once and again, twice, he had purposed to return to them, but Satan hindered us. How, is not stated, but some difficulties intervened that Paul attributed to Satan. His agency is often manifest when we do not recognize it; sometimes in wicked opposition, sometimes even "as an angel of light" (2Co 11:14).