1 Thessalonians 2:12-20 (New International Version)

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12 encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy1 of God, who calls2 you into his kingdom and glory. 13 And we also thank God continually3 because, when you received the word of God,4 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. 14 For you, brothers, became imitators5 of God's churches in Judea,6 which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen7 the same things those churches suffered from the Jews, 15 who killed the Lord Jesus8 and the prophets9 and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men 16 in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles10 so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.11 The wrath of God has come upon them at last.a

Paul's Longing to See the Thessalonians

17 But, brothers, when we were torn away from you for a short time (in person, not in thought),12 out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.13 18 For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan14 stopped us.15 19 For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown16 in which we will glory17 in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?18 Is it not you? 20 Indeed, you are our glory19 and joy.
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