1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians

1For you yourselves know, brothers
Or  brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17
that our b  coming to you c  was not in vain.
2But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated d  at Philippi, as you know e  we had boldness in our God f  to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much g  conflict. 3For h  our appeal does not spring from i  error or j  impurity or k  any attempt to deceive, 4but just as we have been approved by God l  to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not m  to please man, but to please God n  who tests our hearts. 5 o  For we never came with words of flattery
Or  with a flattering speech
as you know, nor with a pretext for greedq  God is witness.
6 r  Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others s  though we could have made t  demands as u  apostles of Christ. 7But we were v  gentle
Some manuscripts infants
among you x  like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
8So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God y  but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.

9For you remember, brothers z  our labor and toil: we aa  worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God. 10You are witnesses, and ab  God also, ac  how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers. 11For you know how ad  like a father with his children, 12we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and ae  charged af  you to walk in a manner worthy of God, ag  who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.

13And ah  we also thank God constantly
Or without ceasing
for this, that when you received aj  the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it ak  not as the word of men
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
but as what it really is, the word of God, am  which is at work in you believers.
14For you, brothers an  became imitators of ao  the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For ap  you suffered the same things from your own countrymen aq  as they did from the Jews
The Greek word Ioudaioi can refer to Jewish religious leaders and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time
15 as  who killed both the Lord Jesus and at  the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and au  oppose all mankind 16 av  by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always aw  to fill up the measure of their sins. But ax  wrath has come upon them at last!
Or completely, or forever

Paul’s Longing to See Them Again

17But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time az  in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire ba  to see you face to face, 18because we wanted to come to youI, Paul, again and againbut Satan bb  hindered us. 19For what is our hope or bc  joy or crown of boasting bd  before our Lord Jesus at his be  coming? Is it not you? 20For you are our glory and joy.

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