And we also thank God continually1 because, when you received the word of God,2 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.
For you, brothers, became imitators3 of God's churches in Judea,4 which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen5 the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,
who killed the Lord Jesus6 and the prophets7 and also drove us out. They displease God and are hostile to all men
in their effort to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles8 so that they may be saved. In this way they always heap up their sins to the limit.9 The wrath of God has come upon them at last.a