because 1our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and 2in the Holy Spirit and with full 3conviction. You know 4what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
And 5you became imitators of us 6and of the Lord, for 7you received the word in much affliction, 8with the 9joy of the Holy Spirit,
so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.
For not only has the word of the Lord 10sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth 11everywhere, so that we need not say anything.
For they themselves report concerning us the kind of 12reception we had among you, and how 13you turned to God 14from idols to serve the living and 15true God,
and 16to wait for his Son 17from heaven, 18whom he raised from the dead, Jesus 19who delivers us from 20the wrath to come.