for our 1gospel did not come to you in wordonly, but also2in power and in the HolySpirit and with 3fullconviction ; just as you know4whatkind of men we aproved to be among you for your sake.
You alsobecame5imitators of us and of the Lord, 6having received7the word in muchtribulation with the 8joy of the HolySpirit,
7so that you became an example to all the believers in 9Macedonia and in 10Achaia.
For 11the word of the Lord has 12soundedforth from you, not only in 13Macedonia and 14Achaia, but also 15in everyplace your faithtowardGod has goneforth, so that we havenoneed to sayanything.
For they themselvesreportabout us whatkind of a b16reception we hadcwith you, and how you 17turned to God18from didols to servee19a living and trueGod,
and to 20wait for His Son from fheaven, whom He 21raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who 22rescues us from 23the wrath to come.