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1st Thess. Chapter 2
1st Thess.2:1 For yourselves, brothers, know our coming to you, that it was not in vain:
1st Thess.2:2 But even after we had suffered before, and were shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God with much conflict.
1st Thess.2:3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in error:
1st Thess.2:4 but as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, who tests our hearts.
1st Thess.2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:
1st Thess.2:6 nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
1st Thess.2:7 But we were gentle in your midst, just as a nurse cherishes her children:
1st Thess.2:8 so being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted to you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because you were dear to us.
1st Thess.2:9 For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: for laboring night and day, because we would not be chargeable to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.
1st Thess.2:10 You are witnesses, and God also, how in a sacred manner and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
1st Thess.2:11 as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children,
1st Thess.2:12 that you are to be walking worthy of the God, who has called you into His kingdom and glory.
1st Thess.2:13 For this reason also we thank God continually, 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 reality, the word of God, which is actively working also in you who are believing.
1st Thess.2:14 For you, brothers, became followers of the Assemblies of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, just as they have of the Jews:
1st Thess.2:15 who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they are not pleasing God, and are contrary to all men:
1st Thess.2:16 forbidding us to speak to the nations that they might be saved, to fill up their sins for all time: for the wrath will come suddenly on them unto the end.
1st Thess.2:17 But we, brothers, being separated and deprived from you for a short season in person, not in heart, endeavored the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.
1st Thess.2:18 Therefore we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again; yet Satan impeded us.
1st Thess.2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown we are proud of? Surely it is you before our Lord Jesus Christ in His Presence?
1st Thess.2:20 For you are our glory and joy.