1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Ministry

For you yourselves know, brethren, that our
Lit entrance
b coming to you c was not in vain,
but after we had already suffered and been d mistreated in e Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God f to speak to you the g gospel of God amid much
Or struggle, conflict
i opposition.
For our j exhortation does not come from k error or l impurity or
Lit in deceit
by way of n deceit;
o but just as we have been approved by God to be p entrusted with the gospel, so we speak q not as pleasing men, but God who
Or approves
s examines our hearts.
For we never came
Lit in a word of flattery
with flattering speech, as you know, nor with u a pretext for greedv God is witness
nor did we w seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as x apostles of Christ
Lit being able to
we might have
Or be burdensome
asserted our authority.
But we
Or became gentle
proved to be
Three early mss read babes
ac gentle
Lit in the midst of you
among you, ae as a nursing mother
Or cherishes
tenderly cares for her own children.
Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to ag impart to you not only the ah gospel of God but also our own
Or souls
lives, because you had become
Lit beloved
very dear to us.

For you recall, brethren, our ak labor and hardship, how al working night and day so as not to be a am burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the an gospel of God. 10 You are witnesses, and so is ao God ap how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we
Lit became
behaved toward you
Or who believe
11 just as you know how we were as exhorting and encouraging and
Or testifying to
au imploring each one of you as av a father would his own children,
12 so that you would aw walk in a manner worthy of the God who ax calls you into His own kingdom and ay glory.

13 For this reason we also constantly az thank God that when you received the ba word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it bb not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God bc which also performs its work in you who believe. 14 For you, brethren, became bd imitators of be the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are bf in Judea, for bg you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen bh even as they did from the Jews, 15  bi who both killed the Lord Jesus and bj the prophets, and
Or persecuted us
drove us out.
Lit and
They are not pleasing to God
Lit and
but hostile to all men,
16  bn hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles bo so that they may be saved; with the result that they always bp fill up the measure of their sins. But bq wrath has come upon them
Or forever or altogether; lit to the end
to the utmost.

17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a
Lit occasion of an hour
short whilebt in
Lit face
person, not in
Lit heart
spiritwere all the more eager with great desire bw to see your face.
Or Because
For by we wanted to come to you— I, Paul
Lit both once and twice
ca more than once— and yet cb Satan cc hindered us.
19 For who is our hope or cd joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His
Or presence
cf coming?
20 For you are cg our glory and joy.
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