World English Bible
1 Thessalonians 2
1 For you yourselves know, brothers, our visit to you wasn't in vain,
2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as you* know, at Philippi, we grew bold in our God to tell you the Good News of God in much conflict.
3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deception.
4 But even as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
5 For neither were we at any time found using words of flattery, as you* know, nor a cloak of covetousness (God is witness),
6 nor seeking glory from men (neither from you nor from others), when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, like a nursing mother cherishes her own children.
8 Even so, affectionately longing for you, we were well pleased to impart to you, not the Good News of God only, but also our own souls, because you* had become very dear to us.
9 For you* remember, brothers, our labor and travail; for working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached to you the Good News of God.
10 You* are witnesses with God, how holy, righteously, and blamelessly we behaved ourselves toward you who believe.
11 As you* know, we exhorted, comforted, and implored every one of you, as a father does his own children,
12 to the end that you* should walk worthily of God, who calls you into his own Kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when you* received from us the word of the message of God, you* accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also works in you who believe.
14 For you*, brothers, became imitators of the assemblies of God which are in Judea in Christ Jesus; for you* also suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews;
15 who killed both the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out, and didn't please God, and are contrary to all men;
16 forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins always. But wrath has come on them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brothers, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, tried even harder to see your face with great desire,
18 because we wanted to come to you--indeed, I, Paul, once and again--but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Isn't it even you*, before our Lord Jesus* at his coming?
20 For you* are our glory and our joy.
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