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1 Thessalonians, Chapter 2 (Pauline Epistles)

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonia

1For you yourselves know, brothers,[1] that our visit[2] to you, has not been in vain.{1} 2But also having suffered before and having been insulted, as you know, in Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God, amid[3] much struggle.[4]{2} 3For our exhortation[5]{3} was not in[6] error. Nor of uncleanness.{4} Nor in guile.[7]{5} 4But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel,{6} so we speak, not to please men, but God,{7} the one who tests[8] our hearts.{8} 5For neither then did we use flattering words,[9] as you know, nor with covetousness pretext;{9} God is witness.{10} 6Nor did we seek glory from men,{11} neither from you, nor from others, being able to assert our authority[10] as apostles of Christ.{12} 7But we were gentile[11] in your midsts, as when a nurse should cherish her own children.[12]{13}

8Having such longing for you,[13] we were well- pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls,[14] because you have become beloved to us.{14} 9For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil, working night and day, in order to not put a burden on anyone of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.{15} 10You are witnesses, and so is God, to how holily and righteously and blamelessly we were to you, those believing,{16} 11even as you know how each one of you, as a father his own children,{17} 12exhorting you and consoling and testifying for you to walk worthily of God,{18} who calls you{19} to his kingdom and glory.{20}

13And we therefore give thanks to God without ceasing,[15]{21} that having received the word of God from hearing us, you welcomed it,{22} not as a word of men,[16] but as it truly is, a word of God,{23} which also works in you, those believing.{24} 14For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God being in Judea in Christ Jesus,{25} because you have also suffered these things by your own fellow countrymen, as also they did by the Jews,[17] 15those who both killed the Lord Jesus{26} and their own prophets and have driven us out[18]{27} and are not pleasing God and are contrary to all men, 16hindering us to speak to the nations,{28} that they be saved, to fill up their sins always, but the wrath has come on them to the end.[19]{29}

Paul Desires to See the Thessalonians

17But we brothers, being taken away from you for an hour of time,[20] in face,[21] not in heart,[22] were more abundantly eager with much desire to see your face.{30} 18Therefore we desired to come to you, indeed I Paul, both once and twice,[23] and Satan hindered us,{31} 19For what is our hope of joy or crown of boasting?{32} Are not even you before our Lord, Jesus Christ at his coming?[24]{33} 20For you are our glory and joy.{34}

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