1 Thessalonians 2

Paul’s Ministry

1For you yourselves know, brethren, that our
Lit entrance
,
b  coming to you c  was not in vain,
2but 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.
3For our j  exhortation does not come from k  error or l  impurity or
Lit in deceit
by way of n  deceit;
4 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.
5For 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
6nor 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.
7But 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.
8Having 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.

9For 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. 10You are witnesses, and so is ao  God ap  how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we
Lit became
behaved toward you
Or who believe
believers;
11just 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,
12so that you would aw  walk in a manner worthy of the God who ax  calls you into His own kingdom and ay  glory.

13For 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. 14For 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.

17But 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.
18
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.
19For 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?
20For you are cg  our glory and joy.
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