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1 Thessalonians 2 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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Paul's Ministry

(cf. Act 17:1–9 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:1 - For you yourselves know, brethren, that our [fn]coming to you was not in vain,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:2 - but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much [fn]opposition.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:3 - For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or [fn]by way of deceit;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:4 - but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who [fn]examines our hearts.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:5 - For we never came [fn]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with a pretext for greed—God is witness
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:6 - nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ [fn]we might have [fn]asserted our authority.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:7 - But we [fn]proved to be [fn]gentle [fn]among you, as a nursing mother [fn]tenderly cares for her own children.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:8 - Having so fond an affection for you, we were well-pleased to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own [fn]lives, because you had become [fn]very dear to us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:9 - For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:10 - You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we [fn]behaved toward you [fn]believers;
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:11 - just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and [fn]imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:12 - so that you would walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:13 - For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:14 - For you, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you also endured the same sufferings at the hands of your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:15 - who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and [fn]drove us out. [fn]They are not pleasing to God, [fn]but hostile to all men,
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:16 - hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved; with the result that they always fill up the measure of their sins. But wrath has come upon them [fn]to the utmost.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:17 - But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a [fn]short while—in [fn]person, not in [fn]spirit—were all the more eager with great desire to see your face.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:18 - [fn]For we wanted to come to you—I, Paul, [fn]more than once—and yet Satan hindered us.
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:19 - For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation? Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His [fn]coming?
Unchecked Copy Box1Th 2:20 - For you are our glory and joy.
NASB95 Footnotes
Literally: entrance
Or, struggle, conflict
Literally: in deceit
Or, approves
Literally: in a word of flattery
Literally: being able to
Or, be burdensome
Or, became gentle
Three early mss read babes
Literally: in the midst of you
Or, cherishes
Or, souls
Literally: beloved
Literally: became
Or, who believe
Or, testifying to
Or, persecuted us
Literally: and
Or, forever or altogether; lit to the end
Literally: occasion of an hour
Literally: face
Literally: heart
Or, Because
Literally: both once and twice
Or, presence

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