1 Thessalonians 3

CHAPTER 3

Timothy's Ministry to the Thessalonians

Therefore no longer holding off, we thought well to be left behind in Athens alone; and we sent forth Timothy our brother and servant of God, and our fellow-worker in the good news of the Christ, for the supporting you, and to comfort you concerning the belief of yours; in the no one shrinking in these afflictions; for you yourselves know that in this we are situated. For also, when [2with 3you 1we were], we said beforehand to you that we are about to be afflicted; as also it happened, and you know. Because of this, I also no longer holding off, sent forth for the knowing the belief of yours, lest perhaps [3tested 4you 1the one 2testing], and [3in 4vain 2became 1our toil]. But now Timothy having come to us from you, and having announced good news to us, the belief and the love of yours, and that you have [3remembrance 4of us 2a good 1at all times], longing to see us, just as also we you; because of this we were comforted, brethren, over you in all [2affliction 3and 4necessity 1our], because of the belief of yours; for now we live if you stand firmly in the Lord. For what thankfulness are we able to recompense God concerning you, for all the joy which we rejoice on account of you before our God, 10 night and day superabundantly beseeching for the beholding your face, and to ready the deficiencies of the belief of yours? 11 [7himself 1And 4God 5and 6father 3our 8and 9our Lord 10Jesus 11Christ 2may] straighten out our way to you. 12 [6you 1And 3the 4Lord 2may 5superabound], and may he abound the love towards one another, and towards all, just as also we towards you; 13 so as to support your hearts blameless in holiness before the God and our father, at the arrival of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his holy ones.
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