You know, brothers, that our visit to you1 was not a failure.22
We had previously suffered3 and been insulted in Philippi,4 as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in spite of strong opposition.53
For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives,6 nor are we trying to trick you.74
On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel.8 We are not trying to please men9 but God, who tests our hearts.105
You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed11--God is our witness.126
We were not looking for praise from men,13 not from you or anyone else. As apostles14 of Christ we could have been a burden to you,157
but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.168
We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God17 but our lives as well,18 because you had become so dear to us.
Surely you remember, brothers, our toil and hardship; we worked19 night and day in order not to be a burden to anyone20 while we preached the gospel of God to you.
You are witnesses,21 and so is God,22 of how holy,23 righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,2412
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy25 of God, who calls26 you into his kingdom and glory.
And we also thank God continually27 because, when you received the word of God,28 which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.
For you, brothers, became imitators29 of God's churches in Judea,30 which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen31 the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
who killed the Lord Jesus32 and the prophets33 and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles34 so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.35 The wrath of God has come upon them at last.a
But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought),36 out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.3718
For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan38 stopped us.3919
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown40 in which we will glory41 in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?42 Is it not you?
Indeed, you are our glory43 and joy.