1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Conduct

1 For you yourselves know
brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.
brothers, that our visit b with you was not without result.
2On the contrary, after we had previously suffered, c and we were treated outrageously in Philippi, d as you know, we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you in spite of great opposition. 3 For our exhortation didn’t come from error or impurity e or an intent to deceive. f 4 Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted g with the gospel h so we speak, not to please men, but rather God i who examines our hearts. j 5 For we never used flattering speech, as you know, or had greedy k motives l – God is our witness m 6and we didn’t seek glory n from people, either from you or from others. 7Although we could have been a burden as Christ’s apostles, o instead we were gentle
Other mss read infants
among you, as a nursing mother nurtures her own children.
8We cared so much for you that we were pleased to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own lives, because you had become dear to us. 9 For you remember our labor and hardship, brothers. Working q night and day so that we would not burden any of you, we preached God’s gospel to you. 10 You are witnesses r and so is God, of how devoutly, righteously s and blamelessly t we conducted ourselves with you believers. 11 As you know, like a father with his own children u 12we encouraged, comforted, and implored each one of you to
walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"
walk worthy of God, w who calls you into His own kingdom x and glory. y

Reception and Opposition to the Message

13 This is why we constantly thank God, because when you received the message about God that you heard from us, you welcomed it not as a human message, but as it truly is, z the message of God, aa which also works effectively in you believers. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators of God’s churches in Christ Jesus that are in Judea ab since you have also suffered ac the same things from people of your own country ad just as they did from the Jews 15who killed both the Lord Jesus ae and the prophets and persecuted us; af they displease God and are hostile to everyone, 16 hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. As a result, they are always completing the number of their sins ag and wrath has overtaken them at last.
Or to the end

Paul’s Desire to See Them

17 But as for us, brothers, after we were forced to leave you for a short time (in person, not in heart ai), we greatly desired and made every effort to return aj and see you face to face. 18 So we wanted to come to you – even I, Paul, time and again – but Satan ak hindered us. 19 For who is our hope or joy al or crown am of boasting an in the presence of our Lord ao Jesus at His coming? ap Is it not you? aq 20 For you are our glory ar and joy!
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