1 Thessalonians 3
Encouragement of Timothy’s Visit1 Therefore a when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at b Athens alone, 2 and 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, 3 so that no one would be ▼
▼ Or deceiveddisturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that e we have been destined for this. 4 For 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 andas you know. 5 For this reason i when I could endure it no longer, I also j sent to ▼
▼ Or to know, to ascertainfind out about your faith, for fear that l the tempter might have tempted you, and m our labor would be in vain. 6 But 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, 7 for this reason, brethren, in all our distress and affliction we were comforted about you through your faith; 8 for now we really live, if you q stand firm in the Lord. 9 For 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, 10 as 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; 12 and 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; 13 so 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 onessaints.
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