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1 Thessalonians 2:1-7 (New International Version)

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Paul's Ministry in Thessalonica

1 You know, brothers, that our visit to you1 was not a failure.2 2 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.5 3 For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives,6 nor are we trying to trick you.7 4 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.10 5 You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed11--God is our witness.12 6 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,15 7 but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.16
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