Modern Literal Version
[1 Thessalonians 2]

     2:1 For* brethren, youĎ yourselves know our entrance to youĎ, that it has not become empty. 2:2But having suffered before, and having been abused in Philippi {Acts 16:12-40}, just-as youĎ know, we were bold in our God to speak to youĎ the good-news of God, even in our large struggle.

     2:3 For* our encouragement is not from deceit, nor from uncleanness, nor in treachery. 2:4 But just-as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the good-news, so we are speaking; not as pleasing men, but it is God who tests our hearts. 2:5 For* just-as youĎ know, (God beingwitness), we neither previously came* in words of flattery, nor in a pretext of greed, 2:6 nor seeking glory from men, neither from youĎ nor from others, while being able to be a burden toyouĎ as apostles of Christ. 2:7 But we became mild in yourĎ midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children. 2:8 So having kindly-feelings of youĎ, we were delighted to have given to youĎ not only the good-news of God, but also our own souls, because youĎ have become beloved to us.

     2:9 For* brethren, youĎ remember our labor and hardship. For*we were working night and day,*that* we might not burden any of youĎwhile we preached to youĎ the good-news of God. 2:10YouĎ and God are witnesses, as we became holy and righteous and blameless toward youĎ who believe. 2:11 Just-as youĎ know, as we became with each one of youĎ, like a father with his own children, encouraging youĎ and consoling youĎ2:12 and testifying, *that* youĎ should walk worthy of God, who is calling youĎ into his own kingdom and glory.

     2:13 And we also are constantly giving-thanks to God because of this, because, when* youĎaccepted the word of God from our report, youĎ accepted it not as the word of men, but just-as it truly is, the word of God, which is also working in youĎ who believe. 2:14 For* brethren, youĎbecame imitators of the congregations* of God, which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because youĎalso suffered the same things by yourĎ own countrymen, just-as they did also by the Jews. 2:15The Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and banished us, and were not pleasing to God, and are adverse to all men; 2:16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles in order that they might be saved; *that* they should always fill up their sins, but the wrath has arrived-unexpectedly upon themС to the end.

     2:17 But brethren, having been orphaned away from youĎ*for the time of an hour, in face {i.e. person}but not in heart, we were even-more diligent to see yourĎ face in much desire. 2:18 Hence, we wished to come to youĎ, indeed, I, Paul, even once and then twice, and yet the Adversary hindered us. 2:19 For* what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting, or is it not also youĎ, which isbefore our Lord Jesus Christ at his presence? 2:20 For* youĎ are our glory and our joy.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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