1 Thessalonians 3

Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit

1Therefore a  when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at b  Athens alone, 2and we sent c  Timothy, our brother and God’s fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith, 3so that no one would be
Or deceived
disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that e  we have been destined for this.
4For indeed when we were with you, we kept telling you in advance that we were going to suffer affliction;
Lit just as
g  and so it came to pass
Lit and
as you know.
5For this reason i  when I could endure it no longer, I also j  sent to
Or to know, to ascertain
find out about your faith, for fear that l  the tempter might have tempted you, and m  our labor would be in vain.

6But now that n  Timothy has come to us from you, and has brought us good news of o  your faith and love, and that you always p  think kindly of us, longing to see us just as we also long to see you, 7for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; 8for now we really live, if you q  stand firm in the Lord. 9For r  what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account, 10as we s  night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may t  see your face, and may u  complete what is lacking in your faith?

11 v  Now may w  our God and Father x  Himself and Jesus our Lord y  direct our way to you; 12and may the Lord cause you to increase and z  abound in love for one another, and for all people, just as we also do for you; 13so that He may aa  establish your hearts ab  without blame in holiness before ac  our God and Father at the
Or presence
ae  coming of our Lord Jesus af  with all His
Or holy ones
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