1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-3 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God with many conflicts. For our exhortation was not of deception, nor of uncleanness, nor in trickery.

4-9 But as we were allowed by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so, we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness. Nor did we seek from men, neither from you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nursing mother cherishes her children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls because you were dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, that we would not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

10-12 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe, as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

13-16 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectually works in you who believe. For you, brethren became followers of the churches of God, which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus. For you also have suffered the same things by your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets and have persecuted us. They do not please God and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their measure of ongoing sins, for wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

17-20 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we wanted to come to you, even I Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For you are our glory and joy.

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