1 Thessalonians 2
Paul’s Ministry1 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our ▼
▼ Lit entrance, b coming to you c was not in vain, 2 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. 3 For our j exhortation does not come from k error or l impurity or ▼
▼ Lit in deceitby 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. 5 For we never came ▼
▼ Lit in a word of flatterywith flattering speech, as you know, nor with u a pretext for greed— v God is witness— 6 nor did we w seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as x apostles of Christ ▼
▼ Lit being able towe might have ▼
▼ Or be burdensomeasserted our authority. 7 But we ▼
▼ Or became gentleproved to be ▼
▼ Three early mss read babes, ac gentle ▼
▼ Lit in the midst of youamong you, ae as a nursing mother ▼
▼ Or cherishestenderly cares for her own children. 8 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 soulslives, because you had become ▼
▼ Lit belovedvery dear to us. 9 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 becamebehaved toward you ▼
▼ Or who believebelievers; 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 usdrove us out. ▼
▼ Lit andThey are not pleasing to God ▼
▼ Lit andbut 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 endto the utmost. 17 But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a ▼
▼ Lit occasion of an hourshort while— bt in ▼
▼ Lit faceperson, not in ▼
▼ Lit heartspirit— were all the more eager with great desire bw to see your face. 18 ▼
▼ Or BecauseFor 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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