For you, brothers, became imitators1 of God's churches in Judea,2 which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen3 the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
who killed the Lord Jesus4 and the prophets5 and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles6 so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.7 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),8 out of our intense longing we made every effort to see you.918
For we wanted to come to you--certainly I, Paul, did, again and again--but Satan10 stopped us.1119
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown12 in which we will glory13 in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes?14 Is it not you?
Indeed, you are our glory15 and joy.