1 Thessalonians 2

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

3 For* our encouragement is not from deceit, nor from uncleanness, nor in treachery. 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. 5 For* just, as you* know, (God being witness), we neither previously came* in words of flattery, nor in a pretext of greed, 6 nor seeking glory from men, neither from you* nor from others, while being able to be a burden to you * as apostles of Christ. 7 But we became mild in your, your* midst, as a nurse may cherish her own children. 8 So having kindly, feelings of you*, we were delighted to have given to you* not only the good, news of God, but also our own souls, because you* have become beloved to us.

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

13 And we also are constantly giving, thanks to God because of this, because, when* you* accepted the word of God from our report, you* accepted it not as the word of men, but just, as it truly is, the word of God, which is also working in you* who believe. 14 For* brethren, you* became imitators of the congregations* of God, which are in Judea in Christ Jesus, because you* also suffered the same things by your, your* own countrymen, just, as they did also by the Jews. 15 The 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; 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 them -- to the end.

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



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