Therefore when we could endure it no longer, we thought it best to be left behind at Athens alone,
and we sent Timothy, our brother and God's fellow worker in the gospel of Christ, to strengthen and encourage you as to your faith,
for now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord .
For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,
as we night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face, and may complete what is lacking in your faith?
Now may our God and Father Himself and Jesus our Lord direct our way to you;