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1 Thessalonians 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Paul’s Ministry to the Thessalonians

(cf. Act 17:1–9 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:1 - For you yourselves know, brothers,[fn] that our coming to you was not in vain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:2 - But though we had already suffered and been shamefully treated at Philippi, as you know, we had boldness in our God to declare to you the gospel of God in the midst of much conflict.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:3 - For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:4 - but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:5 - For we never came with words of flattery,[fn] as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:6 - Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:7 - But we were gentle[fn] among you, like a nursing mother taking care of her own children.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:8 - So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:9 - For you remember, brothers, our labor and toil: we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, while we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:10 - You are witnesses, and God also, how holy and righteous and blameless was our conduct toward you believers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:11 - For you know how, like a father with his children,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:12 - we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:13 - And we also thank God constantly[fn] for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men[fn] but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:14 - For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews,[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:15 - who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:16 - by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them at last![fn]

Paul’s Longing to See Them Again

Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:17 - But since we were torn away from you, brothers, for a short time, in person not in heart, we endeavored the more eagerly and with great desire to see you face to face,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:18 - because we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, again and again—but Satan hindered us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:19 - For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:20 - For you are our glory and joy.
ESV Footnotes
Or brothers and sisters; also verses 9, 14, 17
Or with a flattering speech
Some manuscripts infants
Or without ceasing
The Greek word anthropoi can refer to both men and women
The Greek word Ioudaioi can refer to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed the Christian faith in that time
Or completely, or forever

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